Thinking Independently and Colorful Liquids

It occurs to me on  occasion that most of the obstacles, judgments, frustrations, disappointments, and embarrassments in my life could have been avoided if I had only drunk the kool-aid of the moment. However, then I realize that everything meaningful I have ever done was a result of not drinking the kool-aid. This thought is,Continue reading “Thinking Independently and Colorful Liquids”

Grocery Shopping on the Wednesday Before Thanksgiving

Normally I consider grocery shopping to be a chore, but I actually enjoy going on the Wednesday afternoon before Thanksgiving. Sure, I like the festivity in the air, but I also like to watch the clientele. Solid core cooks have already bought most of their supplies before the big day, so on that Wednesday afternoon,Continue reading “Grocery Shopping on the Wednesday Before Thanksgiving”

Things I Want My Niece to Know/Be/Do

There are some things we figure out the hard way, and maybe that’s what makes them meaningful. But if there is ever a chance for me to spare my niece some tears on her way to a full and happy life, then I will offer these bits of advice:   1) Push through the difficultiesContinue reading “Things I Want My Niece to Know/Be/Do”

Watching Baseball

I like to watch baseball, especially the post-season, for the suspense, of course, but also to see grown men with the excitement of little boys. It never fails to make me smile. Even in professional baseball, with the many millions of dollars in talent who have worked hundreds and hundreds of games, all the players–evenContinue reading “Watching Baseball”

Crazy cat ladies and mad cows

Over the summer, I celebrated my birthday with a single cupcake and a can of tuna for my two cats. Shortly thereafter I read an article about how crazy cat ladies have a higher risk of suicide. After wondering if my tax dollars paid for that study, I became slightly alarmed. Does a person knowContinue reading “Crazy cat ladies and mad cows”

Ray Bradbury, Bullying in Politics, and the Potential Kindness of Kids

I read today that Ray Bradbury died. He was 91, so I suppose it wasn’t a surprise, but it is always sad when a light of insight is extinguished.   I remember the story “All Summer in a Day” that we read in junior high school. I have probably mentioned it before, but only becauseContinue reading “Ray Bradbury, Bullying in Politics, and the Potential Kindness of Kids”

Sad Things I Wish I Never Knew

I encountered a concept today that I can’t get out of my mind — children’s hospice. I know that hospice exists; I’ve seen someone go. I know that children get sick; I wrote a book about it. Yet, in my mind, those two saddest thoughts never met until today, when I ran across a websiteContinue reading “Sad Things I Wish I Never Knew”

The Beauty of Bridges

I don’t love heights, but I love bridges. To me, the middle of a bridge is the most beautiful spot in the world, literally and figuratively. Because bridges aren’t just for getting from one place to the next; they provide a vantage point to see both where you were and where you are going —Continue reading “The Beauty of Bridges”