Criticism

Criticism is an activity of uncertain consequences. Many a time, in the past, when people have asked for my opinion I have watched with dismay as they react with angry defensiveness when I provide them with a critique that includes the positives and the not so positive. These days I am more cautious, trying to…

Just because…

It isn't Christmas. It isn't Easter. It isn't even someone's birthday. But for me, it is a special time. Months have passed since the last time I saw my niece. A niece who from the very first time I held her in my arms as a baby still occupies a special place in my heart.…

Wheel of Fortune

The only constant in life is change. Sometimes, change is a direct consequence of our daily efforts, but sometimes, change is due to forces outside our control. Sometimes, change suits us; sometimes, it does not. Either way, change is not the (potential) issue, but our attitude, confidence, and the willingness to act is. This is…

Babies and Puppies

What do babies and puppies have in common? With not a thought about tomorrow’s worries, stresses, or heartache; babies and puppies live in the moment. Never mind both being unable to talk, if they are miserable you know about it. So, too, there’s no mistaking the message of faces aglow with pure joy, or the…

Welcome Respite

It has taken nearly two months, but last night the overnight temperature finally dropped below 19 degrees Celsius. And the welcome respite enticed even the most sleep-deprived soul among us to sleep. Deeply and soundly: the blessed slumber of restorative sleep. Better yet, today is a pleasant change from the relentless hot, oppressive, and humid…