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 . . .
Nothing is ever simple, and that's also true of the strange relationship our country has with cannabis. It shocks me how some ignorant people demonize cannabis with no knowledge of its long history of medicinal use. Or without knowing that our own bodies produce cannibinoids and have networks of . . .
Just because you can, should you? It's such a good question, especially today. I was thinking of a few times that question could have been asked. Or maybe SHOULD have been asked: Text marketing Unless I've signed up for it, I find texts that market to me intrusive. Sure, I can delete them. And . . .
A friend is someone with whom you dare to be yourself. - Frank Crane This about sums it up, doesn't it? Friendships ebb and wane, come and go. But the very best friends feel like an old shoe, a pair of comfy sweats, a cushy mattress. There's no pressure. There's no BS. There's no competition. You . . .
I've tried to stay as far away as possible from Marie Kondo's book on organizing, even though I badly need help. My brain just does not think in an organized way and it's truly painful for me to try to imagine organization schemes. But I couldn't help it. I was curious to see a couple of Kondo's . . .
If you've got any boundaries at all, you've had experiences you'd define as intrusive. People having loud cellphone conversations in public and especially in closed places where it's difficult to escape. Like on the train. What IS that? Do they not get that we are hearing the entire conversation? . . .
It was an evening in 2003 and my BFF, her husband and mine joined me at a local art gallery to see an exhibition by the Boomer-era pop artist, Peter Max, and to meet him. He was delightful. Max is best-known for his pop art depictions of the flag, the Statue of Liberty and other more commercial . . .
It strikes me that Marie Kondo's method of assessing whether or not to keep a belonging--"does it spark joy?" works extremely well for relationships of all kinds--including friendships. That thought came up as I rested after recent surgery, considering the hundreds of virtual strangers--Facebook . . .
Downsizing has been on my mind a lot lately and that's probably because I'm past midlife and have accumulated way too much stuff. Wayyy too much stuff. So when Pivotal Home Solutions sent me this infograpic on how best to downsize, it resonated. Having watched friends do this, it's clear there is . . .
Gathered together we find our light and each spark shifts and multiplies, scattering its radiance on our ordinary lives, like everything precious, more valuable when shared. Like every common miracle, made of the stuff of stars. Let the light shine--watch for it falling one other’s faces. Count the . . .