You Are Unique!

I’ve felt sad for a long time whenever I’ve seen people trying to live up to the expectations of others, whether the aspirations stem from family, peers, co-workers, or culture. It is forced upon them, and some cultures are more cruel to their children about excellence at all costs than … Read more…

Are You an Introvert? Yay!

Is your son cautious? Bravo! Has your daughter been told she’s shy? Good for her! Society as a whole does not value introverts, even though introverts are variously estimated at 1/3 to ½ the U.S. population, more or less. Everyone is supposed to get out there and do whatever other … Read more…

My Non-Review of a Book

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a non-fiction, non-religious book. I won’t name the author or the book because only a few pages into it, I found myself disagreeing with a major premise, and greatly disliking his repeated use of a four-letter word. A more polite substitute carries the … Read more…

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…