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…

Maybe Not So Smart to Annoy a Writer

Ever been in a private conversation with another adult, or even a very personal discipline conversation with your child? Suddenly an egotistical clown stomps through the room, or the lobby, or wherever you are, and he/she just has to interrupt? “Oh, ho!” “Hey, hey, hey!” “What’s going on here?” “Why … Read more…

To Move or Not to Move

As life changes, we sooner or later have to mull over the pros and cons of changing our residence. Maybe the move “just” involves downsizing, a huge project in itself. Or it may require relocating to a completely new zip code. Near or far, that kind of move has a … Read more…

What’s Labor Day All About?

If Labor Day was meant to be a day of rest for us working folks, I’ve yet to see it, whether blue-collar, white-collar, or pink-collar. Women, especially, work their tails off fixing food for family gatherings and/or playing catch-up with household chores. Or, when trying to survive, putting in needed … 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…

If I Hear That Word Again, I’ll…

We probably all have a word we absolutely can’t stand, or something that sets our teeth on edge every time we hear it. My most hated word is: Robust, as in “able to withstand or overcome adverse conditions,” “healthy, strong and vigorous,” or “not likely to fail or weaken,” etc. … 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…

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…