Hobbies and Distractions

Regular readers may have noticed that I’ve been posting less frequently lately that I have in the past.  Am I out of ideas? Have I lost my love of googling answers to weird questions that plague me, then sharing the answers with you?  No, not at all. The truth is, I’ve been a bit distracted the last few months. I…

Sentimentality is Relative

Last weekend I was going through some stuff in my basement.  My basement is the final frontier for the decluttering kick I’ve been on the last few months.  I saved it for last because it’s the most complicated, and emotionally fraught. The basement is essentially four rooms: two where my sister lives and two that contain the washer, dryer, furnace,…

Let Peace Begin With Me

“When you find peace within yourself, you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.”        — Peace Pilgrim I was in a yoga class earlier this week and the teacher led us in a guided meditation.  “Imagine a time you were at peace with yourself,” she began.  “Remember how you felt then, what…

Stop Crashing into the Window

“Stay committed to your decisions but stay flexible in your approach.”    — Tony Robbins The other day I stepped into a coworker’s office to ask her something and heard a distinct thump.  We both turned towards the window where the noise was, just in time to see a bird fly into the window.  And again.  And again. We looked on…

Long Distance Highway Robbery

“And I am calling long distance, don’t worry ’bout the cost ‘cause it’s been forty years or more.”    — Tom Waits I was driving today and I heard the old Madonna song “La Island Bonita” on the radio.  The song, as many do, immediately triggered a memory and as I sang along I could hear my Grandpa’s voice as clear…

Channel Surfing in Hotels

I remember when everyone first started getting cable in the 80s. It was magical.  Instead of 4 channels we now had like 30.  And some of those channels played 24 hours a day, instead of ending with the National Anthem and static some time after midnight.  There were a lot more new shows.  And I could watch re-runs of favorite…

The Prophetic Power of Fortune Cookies

I picked up a bug on a recent trip and after fighting it for several days, I got full-on sick.  You know how it goes: one minute you’re feeling vaguely under the weather and the next you’re weak, coughing, alternating between fever and chills, and generally praying for death. My throat was feeling like I’d eaten ground glass, so I…