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 […]

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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 […]

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Not What I Wanted

Sometimes not getting what you want is a great boon. It’s a cloudy winter afternoon in the waning days of 2016. I’m sitting comfortably on my sofa, reflecting on all the blessings in my life and thinking about how unexpected most of them are. I could tell you about all the twists and turns my […]

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What Color Are Your Glasses?

Once upon a time, there was a girl who prided herself on being prepared for every possible lousy outcome. She anticipated every pitfall, mentally conjuring every worst-case scenario. Having a vivid imagination and a pessimistic outlook, she positively excelled in the negative. This girl thought optimists were suckers because they’re so often disappointed. Since she […]

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Meet Louie

Of the many words of wisdom imparted by Swami Satchidananda, the one I most often repeat to myself is this: Let nothing disturb your peace. And while this might sound at first a little unrealistic in 21st century life, the essence of this valuable reminder is that, when I have a decision to make, the […]

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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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Has Anybody Seen My Muse?

The sole purpose of this sentence is to transform this blank page into one with words on it. Whew! Now the page is not blank and I can move forward. Because, you see, I am alone at the keyboard today. My muse is missing. At first I didn’t realize she was gone. My corporate day […]

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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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