What do Frankenstein and a spool of thread have in common?

When I was very young, I used to have two reoccurring nightmares. In the first – which I probably had 10-15 times – I was being chased by Frankenstein. I know. I know. Laugh if you must because I know that as far as nightmares go, it really isn’t all that bad. Oh sure, there’s…

Why you should talk about politics & religion with strangers —

Picture a world where everyone got along… Everyone. It’s next to impossible to do — or is it? Can you imagine, as John Lennon suggested, a world where all her people lived in peace. Where there is no country, no religion, nothing to kill or die for. It’s a nice thought — or concept, I suppose…

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 I talk to myself — and why you should try it!

I’m a talker. Not the kind that rattles on and on with the grocery clerk whilst she rings up my purchases. Not the kind that hangs out by the water cooler in my office building simply dying to tell someone about my weekend plans (or lack thereof). And most definitely not the kind that dials…

Holding on to Paris with Humphrey Bogart

“We’ll always have Paris.” ― Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, Casablanca Versailles. Arc de Triomphe. The Eiffel Tower. When I was in grade school these were a few of the places I dreamt about visiting. Fortunate to attend a small, private school where learning the French language was an everyday part of the curriculum, I…