OK MIllennials: Boomer has had enough
Sometime in October 1952, my parents had sex and nine months later I was the result. A little small, a little jaundiced, and whether I wanted to be or not, added to the ranks of the Boomers, who were rapidly taking over the world and apparently making an effing mess of it along the way.Read full story
I have a problem with Evolution: It’s just not working anymore
I’m thinking it’s broken. Overwhelmed by the need for change and with the simple notion that Mother Nature will eventually take care of her own errors and put things back on track.Read full story
God's got you on hold, what do you do next?
When times are trying, and you’re on your last nerve. When your checkbook is coughing and wheezing from exhaustion and the Ad for bunging jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge is beginning to look appealing if it gets you out of the house – why turn to God? What is that going to do?Read full story
The Key to living with our emotions. Having them, just not reacting to them
“Do you imagine the universe is agitated? Go into the desert at night and look at the stars. This practice should answer the question.”. Where do they come from and why do we write endlessly about them? In poems of love and stories filled with anger and retribution. The world seems to revolve around emotions; actually, fueled by them as we go spinning about in search of more of them or less of them, depending on the exact emotion being sought.Read full story
Why won’t you wear a mask – what are you afraid of?
On March 2, Gov. Greg Abbot of Texas. Issued an executive order, lifting mask mandates and rolling back many Covid restrictions, declaring, "People and businesses don't need the state telling them how to operate."Read full story
The Art of doing othing
Not long ago, in a moment of intense personal reflection, I realized that I suck at doing nothing. And this seriously concerns me. It does, because I find myself enamored with this concept and yet, I don’t seem to be moving any closer to it. I’ve tried perusing through serene images of Nature in the hopes of understanding what a sense of doing nothing might actually feel like. I’ve listened to well-intentioned people on YouTube videos who explain in great detail that getting to the point in our lives where we can intentionally do nothing, is essential to living a sane and fulfilling life. I get that deep down, doing nothing with mind or body (breathing and other autonomic systems excluded) may actually be the key to understanding who we are, what we are and where we are going. And still, I seem to be programmed at a very basic level to never stop moving. To assume ambition is a natural state. To revel in never ending accomplishments. To be unrelenting as I compare each and every day to the previous one and wonder – what can I do better?Read full story
The myth of independence - we are connected to everyone, whether we want to be or not
We are sacred. We revel in our ability to be self-sufficient. To walk our own path and be the person in charge of our own destiny. To speak our minds, offer freely our opinions and bristle when confronted with opposition to how our lives will unfold.Read full story
Why there's nothing social about Social Media
You can’t have Social without people. Without human interaction. Its original root word means – companion. Do you think there is any human interaction on Social Media?. During my teenage years and beyond, issues were resolved with face to face communication. Or they weren’t resolved at all. You sucked it up, went home and never mentioned it. You bore the scars on the inside and hoped nobody noticed.Read full story
Social Media and fallacy of First Impressions
Human beings are built to size each other up quickly. These first impressions are influenced by a number of factors, such as facial shape, vocal inflection, attractiveness, and general emotional state. People tend to get attached to their initial impressions of others and find it very difficult to change their opinion, even when presented with lots of evidence to the contrary. Psychology Today.Read full story
Why the GOP, believes in Trump, the Tooth Fairy, Santa Claus and Trickle-Down Economics
Photo through Pixabay - by Clker-Free-Vector-Images. As Kevin McCarthy, Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz make pilgrimages down to Mar-a-Lago to meet with their Don, they apparently are required to deposit what’s left of their common sense at the door, engage in the intricate secret handshake and resume their recently interrupted journey into the Twilight Zone. Also known as, American Politics.Read full story
Your mind is stopping you from being present. How to change it.
Where is the present moment and how does one remain there long enough to figure out how we might return there unaided?. There are countless books out there promoting the need and importance of bringing oneself, willingly or unwillingly, into the present moment. Discussing the virtues of living our lives in the Now and endeavoring to return there as often as we can. Not unlike the ideal vacation spot, where peace and tranquility reside side by side with a close and direct connection to the real world.Read full story
Stickball: A meditation on a game like no other
My first stickball bat was a broom handle “borrowed” from my mother. Please don’t tell her, she still wonders what happened to it. I cut it off before the brush. Taped the top with electrical tape borrowed from my Dad’s workbench and went out to play.Read full story
Should Corporations be treated like real people?
Corporations don't bleed. People do. Corporations don't think, have opinions or vote republican or democrat - people do. If people kill other people, they go to jail. If Corporations kill other people, wipe out their savings, or destroy millions of jobs - they get fined.Read full story
Secret Message On a Subway Wall
We all look for hidden treasures. Just check the ratings for the Antiques Roadshow for the last 30 years. We’re enamored with the idea of striking it rich. Quitting our jobs and living off the interest of …Read full story
Fixing How We Write - in 1500 Words or Less
Who are we? An individual who strives to achieve an understanding and balance with the world around us or a writer who insists on chronicling everything that is seen and felt?. In life we grow. We engage the world; fight it, embrace it, or cast it aside and reach for something else. We struggle with reality and question whose it is. And eventually we come to a crossroad. The intersection, where who we are and what we’ve been doing, become at odds. Fighting to see who will lead and who will follow.Read full story
Why Are We Trying to Manage Stress?
What long term effects do constant stressors like: endless traffic, insane work hours, low-paying jobs, Covid-19, sleepless nights, doing without, 24/7 childcare, living paycheck to paycheck and endless financial arguments have on the human psyche?Read full story
Oh Sleep, My Old Friend, Where Have you Gone?
A 2016 study done by the CDC, indicated that 1 of out every 3 Americans do not get enough sleep. That is, less than the recommended seven hours every night. Considering all that has happened over the past 18 months, I would venture a guess that the percentage of people flipping their pillows, gnawing on bed sheets and engaging in shadow puppet shows on the ceiling has skyrocketed.Read full story
Wearing Masks and the U.S. Constitution
To mask or not to mask, that seems to be the question. The Republican led legislature in Wisconsin, is repealing their mask mandate. Apparently Covid-19 is extremely fond of cheese and beer and is leaving that state relatively alone – say, compared to its neighbors Michigan and Minnesota.Read full story
Why Was Thinking Inside the Box Such a Bad Thing?
Perhaps Social Media is to blame. It is responsible for most of our society’s ills, isn’t it? A dark swirling primordial place where truth wanders in at its own peril and disinformation feels right at home. Where new meanings are given to old words, as we troll the unsuspecting and use anonymity to shield us from retribution.Read full story
I lost my Father, but found my Dad
53 years after he died, I finally met my Dad for the first time. Death is uncomfortable. No doubt for the person experiencing it, but also for those around watching it happen. My father dropped dead, literally, outside a restaurant in 1966. A heart, weakened years before by Rheumatic Fever, had finally stopped working and all efforts to get it started again failed. He was 49.Read full story