Category Archives: health

If It’s Five O’clock Somewhere, and The Mood is Right

One of the first college psychology courses I took had a lesson about how alcohol does not lift your spirits – it only amplifies the mood you’re in. That was actually something I already knew from experience. No, not from … Continue reading

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Caring Rightly or Accepting Solitude

Don’t assume, Do not think for a single minute that there is another human on this planet who cares as much about you as you care for them. Be it friend or family, It is not likely they think about … Continue reading

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Father’s Day – Even For the Fatherless

So, here comes Father’s Day – a Hallmark holiday I always dreaded as a child, because I didn’t have a father. No, I wasn’t a test tube baby or anything. My parents divorced just shy of my fourth birthday. Mom, … Continue reading

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New Normal and Other Possibilities of a Post-Coronavirus World

When this Coronavirus insanity ends… When retail stores throw open their doors… When kids go back to school, and parents return to work… When the world at large reopens… When devastation and isolation turn to celebration… And we trust these … Continue reading

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Fear the Fear

In his first inaugural address in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, “… the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself…” So true. The danger is in the fear.

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Why Do They Say “Party of One” When One is Never a Party?

Perhaps one of the few (maybe only) advantages of living alone is you may double-dip without worry. Go ahead. Scoop that chip in the five-layer dip. Take a bite, and dip the same chip in again. I don’t, however, recommend … Continue reading

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My Loss Was Always A Baby – Not a Clump of Cells – A Baby

On this date in 1977, after waiting and praying over the long holiday weekend, I was officially told by my obstetrician that the baby I had carried for five months had died in utero. I had not felt her kick … Continue reading

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In-law Thanksgiving

This weekend is usually designated as what I used to affectionately call “in-law Thanksgiving,” when you gather with the non-alpha in-laws to celebrate the holiday (as opposed to the real feast with your actual family). For further clarification, the “alpha … Continue reading

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Youth Does Have a Shelf Life – Nobody Warned Me

There’s a Rolling Stones‘ song “Time is on My Side.” When I was very young, I believed that. As a matter of fact, I embraced this fallacy until about four years ago. Truth is, time is never on your side. … Continue reading

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The Hierarchy of Problems Principle – Just How Miserable Are You?

More than a few decades ago, as a newlywed, I was complaining to my mother about a situation that felt important to me. After only a brief period of the ear-bending, Mom abruptly shut me down by reminding me of … Continue reading

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Do The Wise Really Need Words?

My mom often used the phrase, “word to the wise” before explaining something to me. When I was old enough to officially think like a smart aleck, I wondered about the wisdom in that idiom, questioning the need for words … Continue reading

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Life – Just Another “Long and Winding Road”

Introspection is not for the faint of heart. I am currently staying in a place that is not my home – at least, not yet, if ever. Walking with my collie a few days ago, I was just following the … Continue reading

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Happiness is…

“Happiness Is” In the 1960s, Ray Conniff released a song with that title. It had a typical catchy Conniff melody, with lyrics mainly rhyming the various things indicating happiness was “different things to different people.” Happiness Is Simplistic, but so … Continue reading

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First Day of School: Annual Tradition; Rite of Passage, and Universal Theme

As another school year begins, I reflect back a few decades ago, when I wrote a regular newspaper column in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  The 1988 school year saw my youngest child start kindergarten and my niece go away to … Continue reading

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“Put On a Happy Face…”

A current television ad for an antidepressant (Rexulti) features people holding a hand drawn smiling mask in front of their faces to cover their true feelings. The obvious implication is the medication these people are on is not completely effective. … Continue reading

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The Satisfaction of Door Slamming

Throughout my life, I have been a door-slammer. I have found it to be an excellent release for pent-up tension. You can feel it and hear it. Like a pitcher on the mound, you put your whole arm into it, … Continue reading

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Do The Gifted Lack Honor?Or is it Suppressed by Celebrity?

As a consequence of Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte’s misremembering, misrepresentation, or outright lying about being robbed at gunpoint after an Olympic party, some companies, including Speedo and Polo Ralph Lauren, among others, have dropped their sponsorship/endorsement deals with the Olympic … Continue reading

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It’s Time to Escape SHAWSHANK – Quit Your Job & Find a New One

Each miserable day blends into the next.  The only changes are negative.  You think it might be time to change jobs.  But, it’s rough out there.  Times are hard, and your paycheck (such as it is), keeps coming.  And then … Continue reading

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Confessions of a Freelance Worshipper

Okay. I admit it. I’m a fair weather church goer.” Note, I did not say a fair weather believer. No, I am always there in spirit, and I am a certified prayer warrior. I just don’t attend church with any … Continue reading

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Cultural Literacy – Best Learned From Movies andMusic 

Yesterday, coworkers in their 20s offered me Reese’s Pieces. In my best E.T. voice, I said, “E.T., phone home.” They just looked at me like they thought I had Tourette Syndrome. They are in their 20s. I don’t really expect … Continue reading

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Don’t Cry Over Spilt Milk – Sob Uncontrollably Over Missed Opportunities 

The old saying, “There’s no use crying over spilt (or spilled) milk” always amused me. Because, I can’t stand milk. And whether it was spilt or spilled, I would rejoice. It meant that much less milk for me to try … Continue reading

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Life is Like a Banana – Peel and Eat While You Can

Respectfully disagreeing with Forrest Gump’s “box of chocolates,” simile, I believe life is more like a banana. From its very appearance, its use is not evident. Depending on the banana’s stage of development, (from firm and green, to dark and … Continue reading

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Baby Boomers:  Weren’t We Promised Immortality?  Or was it just implied?

Recently, people I know (or know of) have been diagnosed with very serious illnesses, and there have been some untimely passings. I admit I have never dealt well with loss – any kind of loss – love, time, money, and especially life. … Continue reading

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Robin Williams: “No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.”

Robin Williams. We first met him as Mork from Ork on the 1970s sitcom Happy Days.. The cute, little, long-haired alien was popular enough to get a spin-off series, Mork & Mindy,  co-starring Pam Dawber. With his zany, impulsive humor, Williams … Continue reading

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Glen Campbell’s Talent, Musical Legacy Keeps Him “…Ever smilin’ ever gentle on my mind”

Despite years of being a studio musician, working with such greats as Elvis, Sinatra, and touring with the Beach Boys (as Brian Wilson’s replacement), Glen Campbell seemed like an overnight success. In 1967, rendition of John Hartford’s poignant poem (to … Continue reading

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