When did you last touch a tree? Or scooped up acorns from the ground? Maybe you recall the most recently you picked up an unusual rock or stone from the dirt. If your answer to the above prompts is, “I don’t know,” then you need to get out more. And by out, I mean outside … Continue reading A Gym With A View
Pop Quiz: “If a unit of data gets shared enough times, it is considered true.” This statement was made in response to people refusing to believe which of the following: a) In 2021, workers will have to pay back the 6.2% Social Security tax that President Trump’s Executive Order temporarily eliminated as of September 2, 2020. … Continue reading Cry Me A River
My friend Betsy Anderson is part of a group that runs grief writing workshops. Her own daughter Caroline died in 1995 at the age of 16 from a sudden illness, so Betsy is an inspiration of healing to workshop participants. In November 2012 I encouraged a new friend Denise (who had lost her son Zane … Continue reading Writing About Writing
One of the flower boxes on the back porch was filled with tangerine-color geraniums. Facing southwest, they received the full blessing of the sun’s encouragement to flourish. They were quite the sight…until a single stalk of something else started sprouting up in among them. Was it a weed? I’m not the gardener in the family … Continue reading One Of These Is So Not Like The Others
Without You is a song made famous by Harry Nilsson. Released in late 1971, the song was actually written by Peter Ham and Tom Evans of the rock and roll group Badfinger. Their version of the song, never released as a single, appeared on their 1970 album No Dice. Harry heard the song, liked it, … Continue reading I Will Always, I’ll Never, Without You
The television show How It’s Made premiered on January 6, 2001. Currently, it runs on the Discovery Channel in Canada and the Science Channel in the US. The program is produced in Quebec by Productions MAJ, Inc. Their website informs us they have filmed 24 seasons, a total of 414 shows, with the most recent premier being a … Continue reading Open Wide!
If released in 2020, the 1999 movie The Sixth Sense would require a different title. You may recall that this movie featured a young boy who had an extrasensory perception in the form of dead people appearing to him seeking his help. (For the record, this is one of my favorite movies.) You and I … Continue reading A Sixth Sense That Makes Sense
Like a warmup act for the main performer, a flower girl precedes the bride down the aisle. She typically scatters rose petals on the bride’s path. It’s thought that the custom began in ancient Rome but instead of spreading rose petals, the young girls showered the bride’s walkway with seeds, grains, and herbs to represent … Continue reading What’s On Your Path?
I knew my daughter Laura was gifted in the language arts arena before she was three. At the time our favorite shampoo was called Lamaur Apple Pectin. It had the most delicious fragrance, so fresh and clean. One evening at bath time, Laura kept staring at the bottle. Finally, pointing out the brand name, she … Continue reading The Cinderella Sense Gets Its Due
We might imagine that magical thinking is something the creative people at Disney do, as in “Magical Thinking in the Magic Kingdom.” But magical thinking can be unhealthy for our mental well-being if we take it too far. Most of us do a little of it now and then, such as believing (or semi-believing) in superstitions. … Continue reading The Problem With Magical Thinking