Give Yourself a Standing Ovation

I recently came off a 3-1/2 day writer’s conference that was livestreamed from Florida. Mercifully, their particular location was spared the worst of Hurricane Matthew, so they were able to keep to their planned schedule rather than having to juggle a huge agenda. I couldn’t catch too many of the … Read more…

Widow’s Weeds

For whatever reason, what keeps coming to mind lately is “widow’s weeds,” stemming from the custom of a widow wearing all black clothing for a year or longer following the death of her husband. Since Queen Victoria of England wore all black for 40 years following the death of her … Read more…

Saving the World and People from Hell

If we don’t look too closely, we live on an incredibly beautiful planet at an utterly amazing time in its history. We are particularly spoiled by the plethora of gadgets and devices, such as the world has never seen – at least to our knowledge. We may yet be surprised … Read more…

What Causes Mental Illness

No one ever chooses mental illness of any kind and healing usually doesn’t happen, except perhaps over decades. The darkness the afflicted go in and out of on a regular basis is torture for the victims and extremely stressful for those family members who must care for them. It is … 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…

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…

Targeting the Innocent Is Not the Answer

June was very much the month from hell, both for my little world and much of the globe.  I’m far from alone in my experience that sometimes we get slammed from all sides, and July is shaping up to be more unnerving for everyone. Striking back at Satan does NOT … Read more…

When Enough is Enough

As our nation again stands stunned and numb at the pure venom of individuals, we wonder how much longer this kind of madness can continue. In our outrage we wonder: When is enough, Enough? We may strongly disagree with a certain type of lifestyle and even dislike a particular individual … Read more…

Mother’s Day Revisited

  Mother’s Day carries so much emotional baggage all around. For some it is a happy day filled with love, tears and laughter. For others, not so much. One year I got a phone call in the middle of that Sunday night from some livid Dad berating his daughter for not … Read more…

Everyone is Doing Some Good in the World

Well, almost everyone is doing some good in the world, just by being in it.  This earth needs caretakers, of its inhabitants and of their environment. The psychopaths, sociopaths, and other truly disturbed folks are the exception, of course, as with everything else. Even then the worm in the apple doesn’t … Read more…