A Little Touch of Kindness

“Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. A nation does not have to be cruel to be tough.”      —  Franklin D. Roosevelt I was walking with my dog Edison today and as we passed,  one of neighbors offered us lettuce. “We have too much,” she said, “Please take some. We are probably…

Terror in the Forest

I’ve never been a huge fan of fireworks. When I was a kid, I saw someone accidentally start themselves on fire with a firecracker on the 4th of July.  Fortunately for that kid his dad was close by and was able to smother the flames before he sustained more than minor burns, but when you see someone’s clothes start on…

I Bet You Think This Blog is About You

I was having coffee with a friend recently, the way you do, and mid-way through a story she was sharing she stops and says,  “Don’t write about this!” She was joking (I think) and I of course would not share anyone’s personal story on my blog.  But it got me thinking about the way people connect to the blog.  There…

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…