A New Day Dawns

We can do this, if we open our souls instead of hardening our hearts. – Joe Biden This day is a day of great hope. Because America wields such might and influence, what happens here can impact the world at large. Out of all the people attending the ceremony today, I was struck by the …

Happy Martin Luther King Day

The words and deeds of Dr. King have inspired me since I was a little boy. His message is knitted into the fabric of my dreams. May more people take his powerful words to heart. Let’s strive to live his dream of tolerance and peace, love and understanding. Let us all hope that the dark …

Gaining Perspective

The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole. – Oscar Wilde It is said that at times you can’t see the forest for the trees. This means you are too close to the details of a problem to find a solution to the issue as a whole. These short, concise expressions of general …

Make Yourself at Home

Home is where we start from – T.S. Eliot This week is the 100th anniversary of my mom’s birth. That wording is a little odd, but I don’ like saying it was her one hundredth birthday. Mom died at age sixty-nine – far too early, but her body was worn out. She talked to all …

The Stories We Tell

All great literature is one of two stories; a man goes on a journey or a stranger comes to town– Leo Tolstoy We are storytelling animals. The worlds we create begin as storylines – what if I do this, then she’ll do that, or when he did that what did he mean, and so on. …

Believe in Your Daydreams

Everything starts as somebody’s daydream – Larry Niven We are the stuff of dreams. The lives of each and every one of us has been shaped by our dreams, and the dreams of our: parents, ancestors, teachers, teachers, and so many more who influence us each day. The technological electrified world we inhabit was dreamed …

Freedom and Responsibility

Most people do not really want freedom, because freedom involves responsibility, and most people are frightened of responsibility. – Sigmund Freud I mostly stay away from writing about politics, especially these days. But what happened yesterday in America was an infuriating tragedy which was incited by great ignorance and intolerance. A myriad of questions fill …

Being Present

Real isn’t how you are made,’ said the Skin Horse. ‘It’s a thing that happens to you… Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don’t matter at all, because …

A Sense of Well-Being

Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. – Mark Twain Each of us is the accumulation of our experiences. Like layers in sedimentary rock or tree-rings, life leaves its marks on our bodies, our minds, and our spirits. There are numerous signs of our bodies aging: wrinkles, aches, scars, etc. The battering our …