Incredibly Dangerous Behavior

I’ve never understood the game of one-upmanship.  It’s usually played by extremely insecure people, both men and women, while the rest of us roll our eyes. That’s until it zooms past being irritating and becomes dangerous. One-upmanship often leads to mindless mouthing off. Nowadays the world can’t afford stupidity anywhere, … Read more…

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…

Walking the Talk

Walking the Talk is a whole lot harder than simply saying things we have no intention of doing or that we may not even believe, that is, just Talking the Talk. Almost anyone can talk the talk, given the innate or acquired courage to do so. The rest of us … Read more…

Feeling Disrespected? Join the Club!

The current excuse used most often by those who attack others seems to be a variation of “I was disrespected,” or “He disrespected me.” Or occasionally, after some drunk staggers into a family group, it’s still “He disrespected my mother.” Really? Of course, you should defend your mother but think … Read more…

Heavenly Father Blesses Us Individually

My life is comprised of so many more dimensions than just work. Everything that happens in my world affects me, as events in your life impact you. So sometimes I feel the need to write something a little spiritual, and with this being Easter, it is one of those times. … Read more…

Impressions from a Funeral

Attending the funeral of a lady who had helped so much when my husband died a few years ago brought back a lot of thoughts and emotions. I’ve attended several other funerals since, and watched the broadcast funerals of those in various positions of authority (usually men and women well-loved … Read more…

Best Uses of Our Time

What we do with our time is very personal, and it would be easy to offend readers. What’s important to me might seem trivial or silly to you. And I may consider your activities to be time-wasters. (We all have at least some of those every day. We can truly … Read more…

What, No Music?

Music can bring us such great joy when we choose it wisely. Whether we’re listening to the classics or movie soundtracks, ragtime or later jazz, gospel, or country and western, it can lift us out of what might otherwise be a sad or dreary day. Music does make boring, tedious … Read more…

So Much Gratitude

The attitude at this time of year is so much that of gratitude (even enormous gratitude and even from those who are grieving) because of our many large and small blessings. And yet…it is an excruciatingly painful season for those who actually lost a family member or dear friend, especially … Read more…

Mama Said…

When Mama opined there’d be days like this, sometimes she nailed it! Other times she really had no idea what we’d be dealing with today. Our world is so far removed from the one she (and every mother of my generation) grew up in. Even so, dealing with a spouse … Read more…