In the midst of attempting to sort, pack, discard, donate, re-pack…a song popped up: Crosby, Still, & Nash’s song “Wasted on the Way.” And as I sat there listening to the song, I realized how this piece of music from my past is so appropriate at this time of life (for any time of life). Continue reading “Wasted on the Way”
Genuine smiles are sometimes hard to come by. Add to that the events in our recent history (election, riots, mobs, CoronaVirus, work despair, school closures, home life disruptions), and smiling almost becomes a past sport. So what is the purpose of writing about smiling? Continue reading “The Gift of a Smile in the Time of COVID”
Just the phrase “photo finishes” conjures up horse races, marathons, and other events where the only way to guarantee who the right winner is, is to take a photograph and see whose efforts paid off. Continue reading “What’s in a Thought? Part 5”
When you were a kid, did you ever go to a playground that had one of those crazy spinning merry-go-round pieces of equipment? The one that sits very still and waits for you to approach it. Then you grab an ounce of courage, seize the outside bars and beginning running in circles making the merry-go-round spin faster and faster. At just the right moment, before you lose total control, you jump on and if you are lucky, you make it. Continue reading “What’s in a Thought? Part 4”
I have lived my life in a thoughtless kind of way. It is not all-inclusive but does mean there are times when forgetfulness, convenience, and perhaps people-pleasing has influenced what and how I have lived life. Continue reading “What’s in a Thought? Part 3”
“Tried and True”
The phrase is over-used and is consistent with similar utterances and clichés like “that’s the way we’ve always done it” and “if it’s not broke…” Continue reading “What’s in a Thought? Part 2”
When I look around, there are times when a particular scene, activity, sign, or other happenstance triggers an idea. Better yet, those “ideas” really become metaphors, similes, analogies et al for life experiences, thoughts, and behaviors. The next few posts are just a few random analogies, not fully fleshed out, but then again it may be up to you to see the metaphor needed in your life. They are a way of looking at ourselves, our history and experiences, and our future. A way of helping us remember something that will help with our current relationships and situations whether those are with family, friends, or our kids and grandkids. A way of putting our “Shoes On a Rail,” sitting quietly, and taking note.
So here’s the first of just a few… Continue reading “What’s in a Thought?”
Every now and then, life has a way of offering us a “blank slate,” where change is so drastic, or life becomes very still (“put on hold”) we have a moment to reflect on the newness of all of it.
Continue reading “Blank Slate”
A quick reflection… Continue reading “Unsung Values”
In a week or so, it will be 71 years since my parents left Europe to make the voyage to America. Since I have not been brave enough to do a similar commitment, I cannot state for fact how they felt. I can imagine excitement, trepidation, grief, regret, frustration, joy, anxiety, and a sense of adventure all playing havoc as they crossed the Atlantic in what I would today consider a very long voyage.