Maybe Not So Smart to Annoy a Writer

Ever been in a private conversation with another adult, or even a very personal discipline conversation with your child? Suddenly an egotistical clown stomps through the room, or the lobby, or wherever you are, and he/she just has to interrupt? “Oh, ho!” “Hey, hey, hey!” “What’s going on here?” “Why … Read more…

To Move or Not to Move

As life changes, we sooner or later have to mull over the pros and cons of changing our residence. Maybe the move “just” involves downsizing, a huge project in itself. Or it may require relocating to a completely new zip code. Near or far, that kind of move has a … Read more…

What’s Labor Day All About?

If Labor Day was meant to be a day of rest for us working folks, I’ve yet to see it, whether blue-collar, white-collar, or pink-collar. Women, especially, work their tails off fixing food for family gatherings and/or playing catch-up with household chores. Or, when trying to survive, putting in needed … Read more…

Most People Are Amazing!

Even in the middle of swirling chaos, our world is full of amazingly kind people. Their overflowing hearts are so huge they come close to crushing the actions of jerks, idiots, and the flat-out evil people. Big-hearted folks can’t completely neutralize the horrible things perverts do to other people, God’s … Read more…

If I Hear That Word Again, I’ll…

We probably all have a word we absolutely can’t stand, or something that sets our teeth on edge every time we hear it. My most hated word is: Robust, as in “able to withstand or overcome adverse conditions,” “healthy, strong and vigorous,” or “not likely to fail or weaken,” etc. … Read more…

What Keeps You Going?

What are some of the mental and physical resources that keep us going? What gives us happiness now instead of waiting for it all to happen in the next life? The answers are probably different for each one of us but common threads run through. We all have situations that … Read more…

Gloating over the Mistakes of Others?

Laughing, smirking and gloating over the mistakes of others? Let’s not do that. It will bite us in the butt faster than anything else. Plus we won’t see it coming, of course, being attacked from behind. Think a bad-apple cop deserved to be killed? Maybe he did. Maybe he didn’t. … Read more…

Beware Webcam Hacking

Spying on us in general and computer hacking specifically is nothing new. It just gets more annoying as the months go by. For some time we’ve had to watch out for webcam hacking, for example, but now it’s almost unbelievably widespread. Some people are just not aware or are unwilling … Read more…

Late Awakening to a Pervasive Problem

I first wrote about bullying back in 2006 and even before. Now, more than a decade later, it is still a deeply troubling subject. A society that has long tolerated many insidious forms of bullying is still having trouble accepting its worsening reality and its devastating results. Society as a … Read more…

Changed from the Way We Were

That person your parents, family, high school or other old friends remember no longer exists. And we should be happy about it. She has seen so much and been through so much. The person you used to know is gone! And her family and friends today cannot always handle the woman … Read more…