Sometimes you need to take a step back —

“It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see” ~ Henry David Thoreau Have you ever driven through the Pacific Northwest or the Redwoods? Or taken an airplane over the Ozarks, the Cascades, the Appalachian or Blue Ridge Mountains? If so, then undoubtedly you’ve seen some hearty landscape – forest lands as far as…

Sometimes you have to fight when you’re a man …

Remember the Kenny Roger’s song, “Coward of the County”? “… Promise me, son, not to do the things I’ve done.Walk away from trouble if you can.It won’t mean you’re weak if you turn the other cheek.I hope you’re old enough to understand: Son, you don’t have to fight to be a man …” I grew up…

Dear Coffee Cup, Thank you for never talking back …

“Thank you.” “Thank you for always being there, for always listening, for always being the one I can count on to brighten my mornings, energize my afternoons … but most of all, I thank you for not talking back when I say stupid things, when I think ridiculous things, when I threaten to switch to…

The talking of the soul with itself.

I don’t like lingering. I made that pretty clear yesterday – and while it may take you 25 extra seconds, I implore you to checkout yesterday’s post (STOP LINGERING) … BUT, admittedly, there are times when I linger … and typically it’s at the exact moment when I shouldn’t. Read on … Have you ever…

Tell Little Johnny to Go Away …

I wish I had two blogs. NO. No I don’t. It’s all I can do to keep up writing here, write for my ‘real” job, write the third and final installment of the trilogy I’ve been working on and find the time to sleep my body’s nine-hour required minimum. (Yes, I know – it’s a…

Tell yourself Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!

Sadly, I do not read as much as I’d like – but I don’t go out to dinner, run marathons or do any of those things that I used to before my children got so darn busy … but that’s OK … because it is my children that remind me daily how lucky I am….

Does Phil Spector really look like that?

If I were stranded in a foreign city for a day – that’s 24 hours folks – with no money and no friends I, depending on the particular day and my particular mood, would probably end up in jail … First, no money means I can’t (legally) do any of those over-the-top touristy type things…

What would Leo Tolstoy say about gay marriage?

In case you didn’t see the evening news, Hillary Clinton is now in favor of gay marriage. And I quote “now” because the particular affiliate (yes, I meant to say affiliate) that I watch made sure to report her history of dissent. In 2004, in a widely published interview, she made it explicitly clear that she did not…

Jason Wu? Hello … I might need a dress!!

Lookie lookie, I’ve been nominated for an award – which, I think means that I also received the award? Then again, I’m not sure … it only says nominated … maybe there’s a drawing at the end of the year or something … maybe I can get a new dress ! Oh, Jason Wu, if…