So Failure Is Not an Option?

Failure is not an option. We hear that on many fronts. If you live or work in an environment saturated with that philosophy, the end result had better be worth the damage the environment is doing to you and your psyche! I’m thinking mostly now of any destination where the … Read more…

Everyone Should Be a Perpetual Student

Most of us have heard it at some time, usually from disgruntled family members or judgmental friends: “Oh, she’ll never be done with that or anything else. She’s a perpetual student!” Always the comment is pejorative, in intent if not in tone. The disapproval hangs in the air, the opinion … 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…

A Critique is Still Criticism – Tread Softly

No matter how much the experts split hairs and insist that critiquing something isn’t the same as criticizing it, it doesn’t change the fact that when you write or issue a critique of anything, you’re still criticizing it! Tread softly. Vicious critiques have led to suicide of the victims. Rarely … Read more…

Never Apologize for Who You Are

Every individual can do better and be better in this world. There are no exceptions since no one is perfect. Yet there are those who will criticize you as being weak if you cry, if you show frustration or irritation with the world, if you keel over from exhaustion. Get … Read more…

No White Supremacists Needed Here

Anyone who truly believes or even hopes the highest levels of Heaven are reserved for white supremacists needs to start modifying that opinion ASAP. It simply isn’t true. God loves His children equally even when they behave like the foul-mouthed bullies that so many of them are. But He will … Read more…

When They Go Low…

One of the latest Internet memes from the current political can of worms was from First Lady Michelle Obama: When they go low, we go high. Mrs. Obama’s entire speech at the 2016 Democratic Convention can well be described as fierceness with grace, as one informal reviewer suggested. [Dr. Nick … 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…

Nervous about Joining a Writer’s Organization?

Will those writers accept me? I haven’t tried their kind of writing before. We wouldn’t be human if we didn’t wonder deep inside if we’re going to get rejected for trying to join a group we might be unfamiliar with. Some healthy trepidation is normal when facing the unknown. While … Read more…

The Butterfly Effect

I recently came across the source of what I’ve been hearing for years, that a butterfly can move its beautiful wings on one side of the world and its effect is felt on the other side.  The tiniest of actions produces unimaginable results. Best-selling novelist and motivational speaker Andy Andrews … Read more…