WISHING AND HOPING

All of us are sick to death of “sheltering in place” and having our lives disrupted by COVID-19. My situation is not that difficult (my fixed income keeps coming and I don’t have children to home school or worries about whether I … Read More

CANARY IN THE COAL MINE

CANARY IN THE COAL MINE Definition: Something or someone who, due to sensitivity to his, her, or its surroundings, acts as an indicator and early warning of possible adverse conditions or danger. Refers to the former practice of … Read More

21ST CENTURY DINNER PARTY

21ST CENTURY DINNER PARTY. Dreaming in the days of COVID-19 So, we’ve been “social distancing” for a while: avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people (some places more than 2 people), hard surfaces, people with sniffles…I am … Read More

OK, BOOMER

Definition: Pejorative Expressing contempt or disapproval. Since when did “Boomer” become a pejorative? Lately the phrase “OK, Boomer” is dropped with a smirk and accompanying eye roll. It seems to lump all 75 million of us into … Read More

MY INNER CRITIC

We all have one, that voice in our heads that questions our choices, criticizes our actions, and constantly reminds us that we need to “stay in our lane.” Sometimes it is the whispiest of whispers and sometimes the shouting … Read More

New Year, Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day

This was meant to be a New Year posting, but somehow the year got away from me, so it is a combination New Year, Ides of March, St. Patrick’s Day post. One of the items that was going to be in my New Year post was my intention to … Read More

PINBALL PARADIGM

I’ve been told that some people know from early childhood what they want to “be, when they grow up,” and that they steadfastly follow that path into adulthood. I even know people who make plans months and even years in advance … Read More

BIRTH ORDER AND ROLES

The Birth Order Theory, first proposed by Alfred Adler, a contemporary of Freud and Jung, is the familiar but unproven idea that a person’s order of birth in the family has profound impact on their psychological development. As a … Read More

MOTHERS’ DAY OBSERVATIONS

This past Mother’s Day was the first one I have spent as a foster mother of teenage girls.  Both girls were with their birth mothers for the day and my own children were off being mothers and fathers to their own … Read More

IS “CRAZY” CONTAGIOUS?

IS “CRAZY” CONTAGIOUS? One of the non-Trump related news stories this month is the measles outbreaks occurring in states/areas that allow parents to opt out of having their children immunized for preventable childhood diseases. I … Read More