being right

Each of us has our own perspective on the world, a unique voice.  But what are we saying with that voice? I know people who love to argue and debate.  Why this movie was award worthy and that one was drivel.  Which leisure activities are constructive and which are utter wastes of time and…


focus

It seems to me that potential causes for joy or misery exist in about equal proportion in the world.  No one is immune from either.  And so, life becomes not merely about what is, but about how I choose to tune my attentions. I know some great photographers.  And I know some not-so-great ones.  As…


lemonade stand kid kids girl selling lemonade

lemonade stand

In response to my post entitled "small kindnesses," my friend Dibby wrote this comment: ...never, ever pass by a lemonade stand without indulging… When I read this, I knew exactly what she meant and how she meant it.  She thinks like me.  She gets it. When either of us sees a kid running a…


planning not to

I had paid the $50 bail and signed the forms twenty minutes ago.  I sat in a chunky, wooden chair with a pea-green "cushion" that crinkled and reminded me of a swimming pool tarp.  An infomercial played on the small, tube-model TV that was bolted to a swiveling stand high up in one corner of the…


still

My friend Connor was finished with his semester and on summer break.  We made plans to get together last night.  After having dinner, there was still more in the way of catching up that we wanted to do.  So we took a drive to the ocean, arriving just before 10:00 PM.  Though it had been chilly and…


the best croissant so far

We got off the plane, exhausted after an excruciatingly long flight.  It was 6:00AM Saturday in Paris.  Our "limo" service was cramped and the morning sky was gray.  No one was in much of a mood to look around or talk as we fought our way through morning traffic.  Of course, it was too early for…


wonder

I was looking out the window yesterday, waiting for one of the kids who would be arriving soon.  I noticed a bird perched not more than five feet away.  I slipped around the window until I was hidden by the wall, and slowly opened the window so that I could get a better look, without the glare on…


small kindnesses

In the weeks after the Twin Towers collapsed, something interesting happened.  People started remembering to be nice to one another. I'm still not quite sure of the connection between being faced with danger or death, and treating others better.  Maybe it's a religious nudge some people feel, that…


of cheesecake and choices

In my recent post entitled "wannabe,"  I included this short paragraph: Ah, good old humility.  It didn’t go the way of the dinosaur.  It’s still as effective as it ever was, if we give it a dusting. It seems to me that the idea of humility is most often greeted with groans of resistance.  Or…


triple threat

I've started this particular post three times.  Had three different images in place as a visual muse.  This one finally feels right. It's a difficult concept to convey, but an important one.  I'll do my best. If you read my recent post entitled "when words are sentences," you may have been…