Oblivious

Never mind the coolness of that breeze as it swept clouds across a winter's sky. Never mind the clouds as they passed in front of the sun to block the sun’s rays from warming the mere mortals below. And never mind the added chill from sitting outdoors in the shade: five men are playing cards.…

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…