Do We Really Need Difficult People in Our Lives?

The world is full of difficult people, so much so that an Amazon search will bring up 139,538 results just from typing “difficult people” as a search in the Books category. That’s as of right this second. By tomorrow, that count will probably be something entirely different. “Difficult” is probably … Read more…

When Life Takes Its Own Path

From the Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759 – 1796) we’ve developed the expression: “The best laid plans of mice and men do often go astray.” Burns’ poem To a Mouse was written after late autumn ploughing destroyed the tiny nest of a poor little field mouse that had obviously put … 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…

Writing the Script of Your Life

Even if you’re not a screenwriter, and most of us aren’t, can you imagine you’re writing the script of your life? YOU are writing the script of your life! Consider that someone’s going to make a movie out of your life, whether you want them to or not. You didn’t … Read more…

When They Don’t Listen

Due to some irritating happenings lately, I’ve been wondering why it is that too often people don’t listen when we’re trying to tell them something important. They only hear what they want to hear (and often only see what they expect to see). Now and then we’re all guilty of … 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…

Yoda Was Wrong!

There is ALWAYS “Try”! We discourage ourselves and our children immensely when we tell anyone that trying doesn’t count. For those just emerging from a self-built cave somewhere, Yoda of Star Wars famously said, “Do or do not. There is no try.” We accomplish or we don’t accomplish, yes. And … Read more…

Do We Need to be The Little Red Hen?

Picture The Little Red Hen from old English folklore with someone else’s guilt trips on her head as well as her own! I was always busy and active, probably too busy for my own good. In her defense I can say The Little Red Hen got to eat the bread … Read more…

Feelings Make Us What We Are

Feelings, good or bad, make us what we are, make us human. That said, I strongly disagree with those who insist that members of the animal kingdom do not have any feelings. They do, as anyone who has truly observed cats, dogs, horses, elephants and other “creatures” can testify. Not … 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…