Fragile

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 [...]

My Permission Slip

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 [...]

Silver is Golden

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 [...]

A Resolution Worth Keeping

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 [...]

The Story of Penny

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 [...]

Things I Know After 50-Something Years of Life

Things I Know After 50-Something Years of Life

"The more I know, the less I understand. All the things I thought I knew, I'm learning again." Don Henley, J. D. Souther These are lines from former Eagle Don Henley's The Heart of the Matter, my favorite of his songs. Its words of lost love, betrayal and forgiveness resonate with me on so many levels, but [...]

Interview with a Monkey Mind

Interview with a Monkey Mind

My mind has a mind of its own. It's good to know I’m not alone in this. Apparently it’s been a common struggle throughout the ages, so we can’t even blame cell phones and video games for our gnat-sized attention spans. In the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, an ancient text on the art and science [...]

Remembering Greta

Remembering Greta

Four years ago today, I kissed this sweet, elderly little schnauzer goodbye and released her to chase butterflies in heaven. I've been thinking about her all day. This is Greta, also known as Greta Garbanzo Bean, Honey Girl and my little Fräulein. She became my dog unexpectedly seven years ago: one Saturday afternoon, I went to [...]