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Category Archives: Life Observations

Thanks for Nothing

Tommy Allsup died on January 11, 2017. His name is unfamiliar to most. The rock-and-roll guitarist for Buddy Holly’s band should have died on February 3, 1959.   That was the date “the music died” (chronicled by Don McLean’s 1970 hit, American Pie). The small plane had too many would-be passengers than seats. So, a […]

Holding On: Four Perspectives to Keep You Sane When Your Life Is Insane

A few years ago, my life turned down a blind alley. It wasn’t one event, but a succession of events. My elderly father fell which resulted in his moving to an assisted living center. My daughter was going through intense stress and needed our help. One night in December, my father had a massive stroke and was gone within an hour. I spent the next few months dealing with his estate (something I was ill-equipped to handle). Doctors diagnosed my father-in-law with severe dementia. He moved three times until he settled in a memory care center. I had four surgeries. (I had never had surgery in my life.) My father-in-law passed away. When I look back at what I just wrote, it gives me shivers. Somehow, we made it through. In the aftermath, I reflected on what it took to stay sane in an insane world. Four phrases capture a survivor‘s mind. […]

Get Off Life’s Scales

Someone told you a lie, a real whopper. You became an adult and attended a seminar, read a book, or got friendly advice. The lie is simple. “You need to maintain life/work balance.” You stepped on life’s scales and the pans never get even. You tried the golden equations of equality. Eight hours at work, […]

When Not to Throw a Fit

Our granddaughter (who is about 9 months old) has found her temper, especially when put in a car seat). She bows her back and expresses great displeasure through crocodile tears and ear-splitting screams. Once in the seat, she’s just fine. Part of growing up is learning independence. Part of growing mature is learning adaptability. I […]

The Hardest Word to Say

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism. It’s a perfectly good word, but I can’t say it. It’s too long, too complicated, and is not part of my vocabulary.(The meaning is at the end of this post.) Yet, that’s not the hardest word to say. The hardest word has but 2 letters and is one of the first words we learn. […]

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