Stay Gold Ponyboy (and grab the bull by the horns)

Youth may slowly evaporate, but her memories and lessons will linger forever …

Sometimes everyone needs a solid shove to their backside—

It’s 8:33 a.m. I’ve been awake for well over two hours … I should be running. I should be done with my run. I should be on to something new rather than stuck listening to my mind debate itself, anticipating the crappy weather that awaits me as soon as I step out my front door.

Why you might want to consider being a ditch digger …

Don’t laugh. Really. I beg of you … though you probably will … and that’s OK. At least I know I will have made someone else smile today … When I was growing up I, unlike most of the other middle-class girls in my neighborhood, did not want to be a princess. Nope. Not me….

Have you ever stopped believing in someone? In you? In goodness?

When is too much TOO much? When do human beings stop? When do we stop being someone else’s everything? Be it a friend, a mother, a spouse, a mentor, a companion in this crazy world — when does the last straw become the last straw? When do we stop believing in ourselves, in someone else?? 

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…

What do Odysseus and the Count of Monte Cristo have in common?

Like Homer’s Odysseus, or like the Count of Monte Cristo everyone wants something — something that scares them, that inspires them, that lives just outside their reach like the metal rabbit tempting the greyhound to run faster … or the proverbial carrot dangling off the end of a rope. And usually, that something that at…

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…

Be like Dorothy — stop worrying about failure! It doesn’t exist.

“The phoenix must burn to emerge.” ~ Janet Fitch Earlier today, I heard a song — I don’t know what it’s called, nor who sings it … its soft and a man’s voice talks during what would be the instrumental part. And he poses the question: “What is enlightenment” — he breathes loudly, exhales and…

My future under Friday Night Lights

“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” ― Ralph Waldo…

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…