Near the top of my gratitude heap is deep appreciation for all of the people who have invested in me, in one way or another, by offering a mystic mix of honest feedback (delivered kindly), prudent encouragement, and pearls of wisdom. The list of names is quite long, hence the deep gratitude. Among the pearls … Continue reading What’s one thing you need help with, right now?
True story: Fourteen years ago I made a New Year's resolution to eliminate toxic people from my life. I had two particular people in mind when I made this promise to myself, and in the short run the resolution (to which I stayed faithful) had the desired effect. I was free. Free! Until the days … Continue reading Good housekeeping.
Today’s work is inspired, in part, by a Radiolab story about famed physicist Richard Feynman and the cataclysm sentence exercise. In that exercise, the task was/is to write, in one spare sentence, the most important information to pass on to surviving humans in the event of a cataclysmic, near-extinction event. Our work today will be … Continue reading Just one.
Today is the second day of Christmas. No, I am not going to lead with this calendar/timeline/reference for the remainder of the month. In fact, today is that last reference you'll have to the Christmas holiday. Today, 26 December, is often a day that -- both in my personal experience and from what I very … Continue reading Two turtle doves.
Today is the first day of Christmas. There are 12 days in this season. This season extends beyond the end of December. You are not late; you are right on time. And you are loved. The real people in your life you make you feel happy, smart, attractive, powerful, accepted, or brave -- the people … Continue reading On the first day, let yourself be loved.
Let's keep this one short and reasonably sweet: One morning, about 30 years ago, I stopped at a stop light on Poplar Avenue on my way to work (at my first "real" job) and saw a bumper sticker that read: "We've got enough youth. How about a fountain of smart?" And I laughed, because I … Continue reading Day 9: How about a fountain of smart?
When my son was in middle school, the school implemented a "no touch" policy. Students and teachers were specifically prohibited from touching one another in any way. "Mom, this is so stupid!" he said, asking me to switch him to a different school ASAP. "You really want me to go to a school that won't … Continue reading Day 8: Who needs a hug?
Ooh! The hustle and bustle! Parties! Performances! Music! Cookie baking!! It's the merriest time of the year, isn't it. A whirlwind of sugar plums and Champagne, even in the second year of a pandemic. Well, if you're whirling and twirling your way into the second week of December and feeling like pretty soon, one day, … Continue reading Day 7: If you want to ‘make merry,’ then first take a minute to be still.