Don’t Read the Label

Have you found yourself despairing over the stories you read in the news lately? I’m thinking at the moment about the violence and tragedy in Charlottesville, Virginia last month, the controversy over Civil War monuments, and the intensity around the NFL players’ protests, but I could really talk about any number of other incidents that […]

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Fragile

A baby bird fell out of his nest in my backyard the other day, a delicate, fuzzy creature with huge round eyes. He promptly opened his hungry little beak when I picked him up. The nest was at least 15 feet up, maybe 20. It was impossible to return him to his home. We didn’t see […]

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My Permission Slip

I am embarrassed to show up here today after an absence of two months. However, I have several excellent excuses. Wow, that’s pathetic. Actually, pathetic is how I’ve been feeling lately. This time I can’t even blame it on my job, which has been only moderately crazy. The real challenge has come from my personal […]

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Silver is Golden

“Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth.”  Max Ehrmann, Desiderata. There’s an age spot on the back of my left hand. I find it amusing, really. It’s a pale, tiny thing, as if it knows it’s new and is afraid to assert itself. This little speck reminds me of […]

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A Resolution Worth Keeping

The parking lot at my local YMCA was jam-packed this evening when I drove past it on my way home from work. It’s like this every January, as swarms of the well intentioned seek fulfillment by weight loss. By Valentine’s Day, most of them will be in their recliners watching TV. I really can’t criticize […]

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Taking Care – Of You

Patrick (not his real name) is a student in my Monday after-work yoga class. He’s an earnest guy, hardworking and devoted to his family, just a genuinely nice man with a humble demeanor and ready smile. He’s always expressed great interest in all elements of yoga; he wants to learn about meditation, the chakras, the Yoga Sutras, […]

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The Story of Penny

Sometimes selfishness comes gift-wrapped. — Ret Taylor You may have surmised, based on my previous posts, that I’m an unapologetic dog lover. Perhaps because I was deprived of pets as a child (except for a short-lived relationship with a miniature Schnauzer – the original Greta), I’ve had at least one dog under my roof most […]

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