This Too Shall Pass, right?
“Sunset doesn’t last all evening, a mind can blow those clouds away” Credit: George Harrison “All Things Must Pass” 1970 How long does grief last? How do you know when it ends? Is there some sort of epiphany and emotional release or is it more subtle? And, if it is subtle…how does that feel and […]
“Night of a Thousand Cookies”…a tawdry tale
“ You can’t always get what you want, well you can try sometimes, but you just might find, you get what you need” Rolling Stones Take Girl Scout cookies, for instance. I really wanted them and I got them, though this year’s boxes are noticeably lighter. There are definitely fewer of those delicious, life-affirming, pastries […]
Every Moment Matters
“Enjoy the Little things in life, because one day you will look back, and realize they were the Big things.” Kurt Vonnegut I stayed home one night last week. I built a glorious, blazing fire in the backyard chiminea, and petted my wonderful dog. Not exactly unusual activities for me or many others, I […]
A Love Letter to my Father
I called you Daddy…’cause that’s what you were to me. The kind of Daddy who was there when I needed you after a bad dream, surprised me with Pez, Twinkies, and the “Big Box” of 64 Crayolas (with built-in sharpener!) in my school locker; worked hard to give me the best of everything; was always […]
The Art and Business of Weeding
Gardening, for me, is a zen experience. All else fades away. The mind clears and the slate is clean; no brain chatter at all. A crystalline moment or two have been known to occur. Pulling weeds can be especially therapeutic. Several years ago, I resolved to get rid of all the weeds in my garden. […]
How much is that doggie in the window?
A friend of mine bought a puppy from a pet store a few years ago. It was an impulse buy. The little guy was adorable in all of the conventional ways that puppies win our hearts; perky ears, waggly tail, and the irresistible, ” Please take me home” look. The price was a tad high […]
911 on all the 411!
Ever feel like your head will explode if you’re exposed to one…more…piece…of data? Lately, the chaos inside my melon feels like the last 35 seconds of The Beatles tune, “A Day in the Life”. You know, the part with the searing violin crescendo just before the famous final piano chord. Every single day it’s all […]
2012-The Year of Yin and Yang
” Don’t let the bastards get you down, Lisë!” I can still hear my father’s words earlier this year. He’s right, of course, as he is so very often.Those words fell upon my newly-numb ears. I, along with dozens of my colleagues, had just been told that we were out of work. Jobs that most […]
A Double Deeeeeelight!
Who says ‘pay it forward’ is dead? Nobody I know. And it certainly hasn’t been my experience. It is most certainly ALIVE!! (cue Frankenstein music). There are the random acts of kindness, the ‘blind’ pay it forwards if you will. It just happened for me again. On my way to a job interview in downtown […]
G.I.G.O., What’s that about?
I like candy. Probably too much. Sometimes it’s just so good and oh boy, does it hit the spot. But sometimes, it makes me sick. Eventually, my tummy settles down and the feeling passes. I eat all of the right things for a good, long time and I feel better. Except for a childhood Lake […]