101

Many faithful blog readers have written, wondering if my 100th post was my last. It is not. I realize now that posting my 100th entry and then going silent for several days of course would lead to this conclusion.  It's my own darned fault for not communicating more clearly. Between the recent eye…


payback

It's hard to believe, but this is my 100th blog post.  I have to say, I'm feeling a teensy bit proud of sticking with it.  What's more, I could not have concocted a more amazing "adventure" than the one I'm able to share with you today to celebrate the occasion. A few nights ago, I was driving…


feet

I headed out at 9:30 this morning, to meet with some kids who live a couple of towns away.  Slinging my backpack over one shoulder, I slipped my feet into my favorite plastic beach sandals and headed down the stairs. Once out the door, I walked the short concrete pathway to the main sidewalk and…


the eyes have it

Pain, that is. For the last couple of weeks, I've had constant eye strain, headaches and dizziness.  The last few days have been almost unbearable at times.  I'm fond of saying in these times, when asked how I am, "I'm great in soul if less so in body."  And that is true.  Despite this setback, I…


you go, girl!

Last night, we celebrated my cousin Lindsey's marriage to a truly wonderful guy, Mark.  Just looking at them, you know that the kind of love they have goes beyond starry eyes (though they have those, too).  You know they are the couple that will grow old together and still be madly in love. I'd…


do we have to?

Last night around 8:30, I went to visit my mom.  Somewhere along the line, as we were chatting in her kitchen, I glanced over at the neon green LCD clock on her stove and thought, I need to go soon.  I still have to write today's blog post. I did not go soon.  I left after midnight, in fact.  And…


broken

One of the best pieces of advice I've encountered comes by way of a Zen master.  Ajahn Chah holds up a glass of water before his young student: Do you see this glass?  I love this glass.  It holds the water admirably.  When I tap it, it has a lovely ring.  When the sun shines on it, it reflects…


ties that bind

In Monday's post, I briefly talked about a time when, as heartbreaking as it was, I had to cut ties with someone I cared greatly for.  In that instance, it was truly not a selfish decision.  I was not acting out of anger.  I was not feeling used or abused.  And it was not merely the easiest…


web

Earlier this morning, I was helping my young friend Evan get a jump start on Chemistry before he starts the school year.  Many high school students view chemistry as tedious numbers and formulas; but for me, it's always been fascinating.  Of particular interest today was one of the non-essential…


returns

There's been a lot of focus on the stock market lately.  I have to confess -- I don't know much about it.  I've never owned stock, and so all of the uproar goes on largely unnoticed by me, since my day is not affected whether things go up or down.  Just the same, it got me to thinking. I talk…