Why I See the World the Way I Do

Had I grown up as a privileged child, my empathy for those suffering would have remained dormant, I’m sure. Instead, my siblings and I grew up poor. Furnishings were sparse in our rented housing. The one birthday party we hosted was a nightmare of embarrassment. I also endured the taunts … 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…

We Only Have Today But…

There is so much we can do with today! We need to treasure all 24 hours, even if we’re being ripped regularly by people so mentally rigid that they might as well have a broomstick up their backsides. We need to count our blessings even when our lives are so … Read more…

The Laws of Motion

Sir Isaac Newton (born in 1642) was probably the most renowned English scientist of all time, with an immense body of work and influence that continues more than three centuries after his life on earth. No, he wasn’t born in Hampshire or Dorset but in Lincolnshire. He is, however, buried at Westminster … Read more…

Most People Are Good Drivers

If you think about the last time you were in traffic, you may not consider most people to be good drivers, that’s for sure! I’m the first to holler when I see an unthinking driver cut off another vehicle, especially when the vehicle cut off is a tanker hauling flammable … Read more…

50 Years From Now

None of us know what the world will be like in 50 years and most can’t even imagine it. Will we even care then what legacy we have left behind us? I hope so! Those of us alive even less than 50 years ago have seen astonishing changes in medicine, … Read more…

Not Always What They Seem

While tossing dangerously outdated canned goods into the trash bins at the curb, I happened to overhear two of my quieter neighbors arguing on the sidewalk in front of their house. I didn’t stay out there to hear more and I can’t repeat the words I did hear. They’re no … Read more…

When People Won’t Cooperate

What do we really mean when we say people won’t cooperate? Frankly, it means they don’t want to, and often won’t, do what WE want them to do. Yet we interpret that to mean they’re “bad” people. Oh, she’s so stubborn! Gosh, he’s selfish! Oh, they never help with anything! … Read more…

Bless Our Volunteers!

Picture a crying child being comforted with a teddy bear, food, a bath and clean clothes. After the teddy bear, something to eat first – almost always a bite to eat first or juice to drink – unless he is too terrified to eat or needs immediate medical attention after … Read more…

Renting Out a Room? Think Carefully…

I’m going to offend a few people here but if a writer can’t state the truth in civilized terms, there’s no point in being a writer. Ruffled feathers are always a possible by-product. With very few extenuating circumstances, you probably don’t want to rent out a room in your home, … Read more…