At a retreat in the mountains I was talking to an older man over dinner. I say, "older" but really, he could've been closer to my age than any of yours. Probably. Anyway, we were commenting on how the retreat center had been attractively built into the mountain requiring many flights of stairs and . . .
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The Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time to offer this prayer of our love and kindness for all beings. It's so beautiful you might want to consider it for grace at today's dinner. May all beings everywhere be safe, be happy, warm and free from fear. May we all have good health and enough to . . .
Who am I? Who are you? And what do you do? How do you answer those questions? When I'm asked what I do it's hard to sum it up into a pithy response. I'm a hypnotherapist, past life regressionist, artisan candle-maker and I offer products for healing and grief. It's a mouthful. When I'm asked what . . .
I don't know about you, but my headline news feed (real news, not social media news) gets crazier every day. Here's a little look at some stuff I've seen recently. I'll start light and move on to the big stuff. Because once I talk about the big stuff the silly stuff seems even more . . .
We live in such uncivilized times, don't we? I'm beginning to really despise the way social media have become a bully pulpit for uncivilized discourse. The politics of today are really shameful. Not that politics has ever been clean, but today so much is acceptable that would have been called out at . . .
I've got some fall reading potpourri for you--posts on a variety of topics written by my favorite Boomer bloggers! Laurie Stone of Musings, Rants, & Scribbles knew Salem, Massachusetts might be spooky, but this was ridiculous. She and her mom had originally booked into the town's inn for a . . .
Many of us are looking for the light in these dark times. Does that describe you? It certainly describes me. Because I am seriously distressed with what I see from some of my fellow citizens. I know I'm not alone. Sometimes it is more than I can bear. Kids in cages, separated from their parents, . . .
If only getting woke were as simple as walking through a door. "Get woke" means becoming aware of social injustices --and it applies especially to those of us born with unrecognized privilege. Getting woke is the process of recognizing our privilege and understanding that others may not have the . . .
It's clear that the left is turning on itself. Eating its young, so to speak. And eating its old, too. Consuming everyone on its own side. That splintering of what should be a unified force is why that awful man in the Oval could very well get re-elected. But that could be too nuanced for many to . . .
I know someone who believed the world was just like the island society depicted in the 1954 novel, Lord of the Flies. In that novel, boys turned on each other with savagery that is incredibly primal. Left on their own, people will default to cruelty, my friend believed; it's unavoidable. Human . . .
I got busy. You know how it is. I traveled, started a business, my dog died. Life happens. And then one day I realized I hadn’t heard from Gary in a very long time. Nor had I seen one of his book reviews. He was a consistent reader of my blog, and sometimes commented there or on my Facebook . . .
Ageism isn't a myth. It's a fact. If you're in those senior years of your career or job, it can be tough going. That's why it takes a bit of strategy to look for a job when you're over 55. It's not impossible--and it's so much easier when you know how to present your experience in a positive . . .
I am a Californian. A northern Californian. No, I wasn't born here. Didn't grow up here. I didn't get here until I was 33. But on my very first visit I felt that little "click" that said, "this is where I am supposed to be." California life has been the best part of my life. By far. And it . . .
Living as I do fairly near Facebook I've watched the company grow and develop. Can't say Mark Z comes out looking good around here. He's not considered the visionary Steve Jobs was, nor is he beloved in any way despite many big charitable donations in the Bay area. People around these parts are wary . . .
Read this one slowly because each nugget is profound: Freedom is a heavy load, a great strange burden for the spirit to undertake. It is not easy. It is not a gift given but a choice made, and the choice made made may be a hard one. The road goes upwards towards the light, but the latent traveler . . .
The famous Occam's Razor says that the simplest explanation is usually the best. And maybe back in the 1300s when Occam was alive, that was true. Sometimes, it can be, even today. But it's not always the best explanation. Sometimes, you can't prove something. But that doesn't mean you can't figure . . .
The leaves may not be changing yet, but the signs are there....change is in the air! Do you feel it yet? Maybe it’s too early…but fall’s coming to New England and Laurie Stone from Musings, Rants & Scribbles is happy. Yes, spring is lovely and summer’s fun. Even old man winter has his icy . . .
Very few people have a truly open mind, I've found. They're programmed by rigid beliefs based on schooling, religion or something else. They have a hard time with the question, "what if?" They look for "proof," for statistics way early on. They judge and ridicule beliefs that do not meet their . . .
The author had me at the title. I thought my family was twisted. But this one? Made mine look normal! With privilege comes amazingly twisted flaws, and also the strange tone-deafness of the entitled--and this novel's characters really bring those factors to the forefront. Which makes it fun . . .