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My Secret Love

“Heaven on earth with an onion slice; Not too particular, not too precise; I’m just a cheeseburger in paradise.” Cheeseburger in paradise, Jimmy Buffet, 1978 Most people will wax poetic about the love of their life. They can extol the virtues of their beloved in lyrical terms using creative phrasing to try to capture the… read more

A Touch of Enitlement

In 2019 Gillette stirred up a hornet’s nest with a commercial that was dubbed the “Toxic Masculinity” ad.  I do not watch network television, and I do not follow sports, so I missed the commercial, which I believe first aired during some sporting event involving balls. However, I couldn’t avoid hearing about it at the… read more

Barbie Doll Faces

Barbie Doll Faces

I have become fascinated recently by a disturbing trend on social media. I keep running across pictures of female friends who have radically altered their appearance in their photographs with filters. These friends, most of whom are in their 20’s and 30’s, are relatively young and almost universally attractive without having to alter a thing.… read more

The Best Revenge

It was eight years ago this week that I walked away from my corporate job. I’ve never really delved into this aspect of it, but I was actually escorted off the premises. Did I burn the building down or have a screaming fit? Nope. I stood up to a bully. Or at least I tried… read more

On The Daily

A few days after New Year’s I was at my chiropractor’s office.  When he walked in to the room, he said to me in a booming voice: “You seem like a highly motivated person, what are your goals for the new year?” He was very obviously expecting an “eat less, exercise more” type of response.… read more

Diet Is A 4-Letter Word

It’s 2022 and we just celebrated another New Year’s Eve. As New Year’s Day inevitably showed up the next day, many people are swinging their thoughts to what resolutions they want to tackle in the new year. I imagine the word “diet” is on many people’s lists. The intention to eat healthier is always good,… read more

I Miss Hugs

When we were sent into social isolation in mid-March, many of my friends found it comforting to write in their journals. It helped them identify, and cope with, everything they were feeling and experiencing. I, on the other hand, couldn’t bear to write during this period. There was just too much going on and no… read more

All You Need Is Hugs

There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” Wow, that’s a lot of hugs. As a single person, it’s hard for me to conceptualize giving and receiving that many… read more

Make ‘Em Laugh

“Now you could study Shakespeare and be quite elite And you can charm the critics and have nothin’ to eat Just slip on a banana peel The world’s at your feet Make ’em laugh, Make ’em laugh, Make ’em laugh” Make ‘Em Laugh by Donald O’Connor   I have written a number of posts on serious topics… read more

A Memorable Day

I don’t know about most people, but when I wake up each day I have to take a few minutes to remember what day it is and to mentally review what I have to do that day. I have always done this, but since I now have a different schedule every day of the week,… read more