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…


when words are sentences

Grammatically speaking, a sentence may consist of a single word: Stop. Duck! Sing! I separated those into separate lines to avoid the mental image that would come of combining them.  Each of these sentences contains a verb, which we see, and an "invisible" (understood) subject – the audience to…


this is a test ...

BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOP! This is a test. Sorry to assault your eyes there, but I have your attention.  Good.  I'm going to give you your first real, live test.  It's more of a challenge, really.  So, I'm going to ask you to get a piece of paper and something to write with.  Or open up a document file…


wannabe

If you haven't yet read any of my other posts, I'd encourage you to consider doing so before reading this one.  It doesn't matter which one, really.  I just fear that, if this is the first of my writings you read, you may tune me out forever afterward without some context, because of the advice in…


what vs. why

This turned out to be my longest post yet!  But I promise you won't be sorry if you take the time to read it. Last Fall, I was invited to be a guest speaker at a university.  I introduced the central theme of The Best Advice So Far, which is that, while we cannot always choose our circumstances,…


do it

I finished another chapter in "The Best Advice So Far" around 3:00 this morning.  The basic gist of the advice is this: do something new every day. This is not some thrill-seeking mantra.  Nor is it aimed at the rich.  It's simply about living life rather than wading through it. Here are some new…


the making of mad

Yesterday, in a post entitled "red balloon," I talked a little more about the idea that no one can make you happy.  I hope you'll take a minute to read that first, because a lot of important groundwork is laid for what follows here.  Today, I want to talk about an equally important truth: No one…


red balloon

In yesterday's post, I introduced three favorite pieces of advice passed on by my friend Carlotta.  I also mentioned that I had hoped to complete the last of three chapters in "The Best Advice So Far" devoted to that advice.  I'm happy to report that I succeeded! I'll be honest.  It was hard to…


carlotta's wisdom

My dear friends Dibby and Holly lost their mom, Carlotta, to cancer more than a decade ago.  Carlotta was one of those people who said little, but what she did say spoke volumes.  I considered Carlotta a friend.  After she had passed, her daughters found a little piece of paper in her bedside…