Wasted on the Way

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”

Great Adventures

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.

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Right Under Our Nose

When I was 15 years old, our family moved to Europe for a year while my father taught at the University of Heidelberg in Heidelberg, Germany. Being a teenager, I did not appreciate the opportunity we had though there were many trips we took which made lasting impressions. For a high school student, however, it was more about the inconvenience I was experiencing being so far from our home in the States. In amazement I found the year passed faster than I anticipated amid trips to the surrounding countries. Continue reading “Right Under Our Nose”

Confirmation Bias

From Wikipedia: “Confirmation bias is the tendency to search for, interpret, favor, and recall information in a way that confirms or supports one’s prior beliefs or values.”

We are all somewhat guilty of this especially during the 2020 chaos and divisiveness but our media streams and search engines (and streaming media) filter bubbles only set our preferences (aka biases) in virtual stone.

Wonder what would happen if I begin to continuously search for kindness, bubble guppies, compassion, caring, gratitude, paw patrol, love, hugs, peace, and other terms of endearment and unity? Could be an experiment with timely implications versus continuing to do searches regarding the election results et al…

Time to be like the storybook King Arthur and pull that sword out of the virtual stone.

(And if you do not believe me, do a search from multiple search engines or create a brand new streaming media profile on a service you subscribe to…your results may just amaze you.)

Hydrostatic Pressure

What? What the heck is “hydrostatic pressure”? Well, it’s the water pressure in the ground around the home, as an example. It is the all too frequent cause of water damage inside the home when the pressure pushes the water through the nooks and crannies…and sometimes seemingly impenetrable walls of the home. Once inside, it can lead to damage to flooring, furniture, and walls. It can also linger on as mold and mildew. Continue reading “Hydrostatic Pressure”