Losing and Gaining Friends

I guess it’s bound to happen, but hopefully not too much. We get older. Personalities and growth directions change. You realize a friendship you enjoyed for over 20 years, or even less, is gone. It’s a loss I still grieve. I have trouble letting go and just letting things fade away to begin with. When… Continue reading Losing and Gaining Friends

How Much Can We Take?

Putin’s War caused this question to come to mind. I feel mentally crippled and helpless to do anything. I can’t wrap my head around it. It’s made me think hard and deep about how much we humans can withstand — both physically and emotionally. It’s miraculous we survive as well as we do. I am… Continue reading How Much Can We Take?

Talking with Arlene

Last Thursday, I had a therapy session with Arlene. I go once every three months for med refills and counseling. Sometimes I go in between if there’s something heavy weighing on my mind. I try to get through the issue on my own though. I’m always surprised how quickly time moves when we talk. As… Continue reading Talking with Arlene

The Wonders of Gifts

Who doesn’t like to receive a gift? The unknown. The thinking of what it could be. Who’s giving me something? What if I open it and immediately think why would I want this with the gift giver beside me? Then there are the gifts I open and think ”perfect” — just what I’ve always wanted.… Continue reading The Wonders of Gifts

A Life Experience Missed

You know, I can’t remember ever being asked if I regretted not going to college. I appreciate that. It’s hard to answer. It just wasn’t in the cards for me. That sounds like such a cop out, doesn’t it? My only defense is I was trying to survive on my own. I don’t feel great… Continue reading A Life Experience Missed

Can I Do It?

Paul was about to descend the stairs to the basement. I call from my La-Z-Boy in the den, “Do you think I can do it?” “Do what?” “Be a nursing assistant. You know how much I enjoyed looking after your mother. I just wonder if I would feel the same way with people other than… Continue reading Can I Do It?


We are living in a political and cultural moment increasingly defined by dehumanization. Many of the crimes of our age are predicated on a profound dislike of the other.” The Dehumanizing Politics of Likability by Teow Lim Goh, August 21, 2019. Whoa! What a statement! It puts a pin on the importance of likability —… Continue reading Likability

Let’s Chat!

What to say if you’re running low on topics to keep a conversation moving along or to prevent it from accidentally dying on the vine? Try these on for size if you’re looking for one or two conversation starters. What is something you resent paying for? Federal tax on smartphone. What are you currently worried… Continue reading Let’s Chat!

New Year’s Day 2022

I awake peacefully. It is 4:07. Ellie (my little dog) is next to me under the covers. Sage (cat) is getting some zzz’s on the bedside table. I feel good this morning. It’s a welcome relief from the sounds of fireworks last night. Poor Ellie was petrified. This went off and on for six hours.… Continue reading New Year’s Day 2022