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The Guest House, by Rumi This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still, treat […]

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Warning, this post contains impolite language, do not read out loud if children are present. “Who is more to be pitied, a writer bound and gagged by policemen or one living in perfect freedom who has nothing more to say?” Kurt Vonnegut [obviously the policemen] I know things are bad when it takes me three […]

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Because I want my money back if it doesn’t work out! I want to talk about the most misunderstood word in the world, appetite, one that happens to be essential to our health, happiness, and well-being. My Mom used to say, “once on the lips, forever on the hips,” she was speaking about the consequences […]

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“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!” Hunter S. Thompson The aftermath of Christmas is not unlike […]

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Can we all agree to agree with the inspiration of Rainer Maria Rilke who says as we welcome the New Year may it be full of things that have never been.  Or is that just inviting trouble through our unhinged doors?  Last year I wrote, 2020 The Road to Perdition, ignorantly thinking our hellish circumstances […]

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Feeling my age today, there is a chill deep down in the marrow of my bones, the temperature outside has plummeted, as I swallow back an acidity of fear pushing up from the core of my being.  Cracking the flesh that confines my misgivings as if a walnut, I take the gnarled meat into my […]

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So glad you asked. Larry yells from his office, “Cheryl, come check this out.” I yell back from my room, “Kinda busy.” The thing is I made the piss poor decision, for better or for worse, to clean out my closet right smack in the middle of all the Christmas hubbub. I still have shopping, […]

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“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time.” ~ James Taylor Decades ago, in my thirties, I was reading Stephen Covey’s book The Seven Habits for Highly Effective People (who wasn’t), when I stumbled upon an important concept embedded in the description of one of his seven practices. I actually stopped mid-paragraph to […]