How to pick the perfect fig — aka. how to make a decision!

Like everything else in this world, the term — or definition if you will —of being lost has many different meanings. And I imagine most people’s minds can easily recall a time when they were literally “lost” — like they took a wrong turn while driving (myself, I was terribly lost one morning about eight weeks…

Why we should heed the wisdom of the Lorax —

Twenty-seven years ago, at the UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, the well-known peace activist John McConnell suggested a single day be set aside to admire Mother Earth and the idea of peace. One year later on the first day of spring, March 21, 1970, the first Earth Day was celebrated. And this year, more than…

Love more — fear less.

Humans are lucky. Not because we have access to dental care (yes, that’s awesome and kudos to the man who invented Novocain), and not because we have been blessed with the propensity to explore passion and knowledge and feed our curiosities, but because we have language. Because we are fortunate to be able to express…

How much will it cost you to write your book?

Pretend this is one of those middle school word problems … Ready? Good. Here we go … To write a book, you need only pen and paper — access to a word processor is nice, but it is not necessary. (Oh, snap. I forgot, momentarily, about The Diving Bell and the Butterfly — “written” not by…

I have THUNDER THIGHS … Jealous??

“Envy comes from people’s own ignorance of, or lack of belief in their own gifts.” ~ Jean Vanier Oddly enough, jealousy isn’t an emotion I’ve often been afflicted with – I mean sure, when I was younger I used to wish I was part of The Royal Family … but then as years passed I wised…

DO NOT cash grandma’s stock to go on spring break!

High school was awesome — like really, really, awesome. I only wish I’d realized just how awesome it was when I meandered the hallways. Don’t get me wrong — I have zero, zilch, not one iota of an inkling, to return to those days, BUT if my Genie would appear and grant me unlimited wishes,…

Why you have to bleed to write well …

I’ve had a lot of people tell me they want to write a book — or at the very least, that they have some grand idea that would make a bestseller. Hmmm. I suppose they confide this in me because I am a writer and somewhere in their minds they think I’ll be receptive ……

Can you learn something great, from someone you never met?

“The battles that count aren’t the ones for gold medals. The struggles within yourself – the invisible, inevitable battles inside all of us – that’s where it’s at.” ~ Jesse Owens I haven’t faced too much adversity in my life. Not really. Not the kind of adversity that truly qualifies as so. Sure, I’ve had…

One thing you should never give your girlfriend —

Ah, Valentine’s Day. The day when lovebirds give their special someone something special. The day when if those aforementioned lovebirds can’t think of something special, they opt for a night on the town … dinner reservations at that hard to get into spot, show tickets, flowers, smiles, and if all goes right a little hanky…

No matter how far down that rabbit hole you fall …

“Each night, when I go to sleep, I die. And the next morning, when I wake up, I am reborn.” ― Mahatma Gandhi Everyone gets tired. Tired because they’ve physically worked hard, tired because they are mentally exhausted, tired because sometimes everyone feels like the entire world is against them. And it isn’t any fun…

Face it, then let it go …

Once, there were two monks – one old, one young – standing on a river bank … The monks watched as the water began to rise. “We need to pass soon,” said the older monk. Nodding, the youngest agreed and the two stepped lightly into the cold wetness. A distraught elderly woman appeared. “I cannot…