Kindergarten was awful at first, then wonderful.
Category Archives: Self-Esteem
I realized a new reason I love raising our new “guide-dog-in-training” Lila early this morning. She’s a clean slate. She doesn’t share the neuroses my wife and I have Continue reading
As I surf around WordPress and other blogging communities, all I see is encouragement about posting MORE. How many times must I re-assert that more is not better? Continue reading
Because her mother has moved to the area, that baby (my Brother’s Granddaughter) from a previous post (here/) visited my home last weekend. She’s nine months old already, and she says “BAP-fff!” with specific emphasis.
The legends about the members of my tribe have something in common. If you look at the life stories of those in my extended family as if they were plays, there’s a similar arc of development. We all have chaotic first acts. Continue reading
I was reading Zeenat’s post about daily methods for reinforcing your inner upside (http://positiveprovocations.com/2011/02/21/top-9-ways-to-be-positive-and-happy-everyday/). The first one listed was to Carry a positive Trigger. She was writing about having a token of something that makes you happy with you at all times. When you get sidetracked, you can use it to get back in the game of life. She did not realize that by saying this she reopened a beautiful memory from my early childhood. I’ve had a positive trigger inside me since I was three! It’s Trigger Continue reading
(When I re-read what I posted this time last year, I realized I can’t say it any better. So, here it is again. Maybe this will become my annual “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus”.)
Kindergarten was awful at first, then wonderful. Continue reading
I’ve been thinking about a kind of imprisonment many of us struggle against – the cage of material possessions. Continue reading
When my wife and I went through our decade-long decision process about where to live in retirement, we tried to examine large factors influencing quality of life. One of those factors was travel from where our house was to where we need to go most often. Continue reading
Once upon a time we lived next door to a couple who had specific ideas about what should or shouldn’t be done with a garden box. Continue reading
I’m performing without a net. My wife’s pension documents are still screwed up. I’m working quick turnarounds, a brutal test of stamina. Continue reading
Some humans like competition. I’m a mutant. I have no sports gene whatsoever. If I’m forced into a competitive situation and I win, I feel bad Continue reading
I don’t usually write list-based posts, but I enjoy reading them so I suppose it can’t hurt to write one every so often. I learn a lot from books, but over the course of my lifetime it’s usually films that change my mind and make me think about things differently. Films begin as a very serious form of writing Continue reading
In considering my tendency toward overwork combined with the useful responses I received toward how to view that, or change it, I realized something I had not taken into account. One’s view of the nature and purpose of work varies depending on the age and time of life of whoever’s examining the question. Continue reading