Be Like Bears

Be Like Bears

“Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself.” Max Ehrmann, Desiderata I have a confession to make: my backside and my sofa have been practically inseparable for the past month or so. I should feel guilty about my sloth-like ways. Everywhere I look, I’m bombarded with well-meaning messages encouraging me to lace up my sneakers [...]

Pleasing

Pleasing

“I was 50 years old before I learned that ‘No’ is a complete sentence.” Miss Lillie For the first time in my adult life, I didn’t decorate for Christmas. No tree, no lights, no wreaths or poinsettias or candles. What’s more, I didn’t wrap a single gift, a normally enjoyable task that involves a couple [...]

Don’t Read the Label

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 [...]

Learning to Take It Easy

Learning to Take It Easy

This is Lacy Larue, my sweet little bichon frise. Don’t let the creampuff looks fool you. She’s all dog. Right now, Lacy is recovering from ACL surgery so she hasn’t been quite her animated self. How, you may ask, does a ten-pound cutie like Lacy wind up with a football injury? Our veterinarian thinks her [...]

Watch Your Language When You’re Talking to Yourself

Watch Your Language When You’re Talking to Yourself

Yes, I admit it: I laughed out loud when I first saw this meme. I’m not sure what made me laugh, whether it’s the Boston’s almost human expression of disdain or the feeling that this dog has been spying on my morning weigh-ins. As much as I’d like to blame the indulgence of the holiday [...]

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 [...]