Dec 12

What Do You Choose?

When the ego is forced to choose
between happiness and victimhood,
it will always choose being the victim.
– James Twyman



A friend sent this quote to me.

I’ve been simmering on this since Wednesday.

What do you think?

What do you choose?

Nov 12

On Dodging the Truth

It is a puzzling thing.
The truth knocks on the door and you say,
“Go away, I’m looking for the truth,”
and so it goes away.
-Robert M. Pirsig

Nov 12

On Ignoring Each Other

snow weights down the heads of wild grass

It’s amazing how much noise
people ignoring each other can make.
– Eoin Colfer

Oct 12

A Ripple of Light

She sits in the glow of the computer screen, wringing her hands.  It’s late – kids are in bed.  She’d put her fingers on the home row and type, but she doesn’t know what to say.

She doesn’t know how to help.

She reads their words and feels their anguish.  She senses the tightness in their chests.  She hears the worries that keep them from sleep.

The instinct to want to protect their babies runs deep.

There is power in their anger.  The strength required to control their anger makes them far stronger than most. Continue reading →

Sep 12

Looking Good


Criticism is an indirect form of self-boasting.
– Emmet Fox

Sep 12

On Understanding Your Beliefs

There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more
than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.
– Frank A. Clark

Sep 12


The greatest weapon against stress
is our ability to choose one thought over another. 
-William James


Aug 12

On Closing Doors

When one door closes, another opens;
but we often look so long and so regretfully
upon the closed door that we do not see
the one which has opened for us.
 – Alexander Graham Bell


Aug 12

On Communication

The single biggest problem with communication
is the illusion that it has taken place.
– George Bernard Shaw


Jul 12

Finish Each Day


Finish each day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in;
forget them as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day.
You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit
to be encumbered with your old nonsense.

– Ralph Waldo Emerson




Jul 12

When He Cries

yin and yangBeware of men who cry.
It’s true that men who cry are sensitive to and in touch with feelings,

but the only feelings they tend to be sensitive to and in touch with
are their own.
– Nora Ephron

Beware the man who, when you tell him you’re leaving your husband, starts to cry and lament the fact that his wife left him five years ago.


Beware the man who, when surrounded by the beauty of his own children, sheds “happy” tears about a stranger’s five year old daughter who sat on his lap and kissed his cheek.


Embrace the man who gazes at you and tears up because he knows his life is blessed by your presence; and he makes it his mission to never let you feel taken for granted.




Jun 12

Laughter Reveals Character

If you wish to glimpse inside a human soul and get to know a man,
don’t bother analyzing his ways of being silent, of talking, of weeping,
of seeing how much he is moved by noble ideas;
you will get better results if you just watch him laugh.
If he laughs well, he’s a good man.
 – Fyodor Dostoyevsky


Jun 12

Say It With Me

Half of the troubles of this life
can be traced to saying yes too quickly
and not saying no soon enough.
 – Josh Billings
What is a rebel?  A *woman* who says no.
 – Albert Camus




May 12

On Clandestine Messages

Enter each day with the expectation that the happenings of the day may contain a clandestine message addressed to you personally.  Expect omens, epiphanies, casual blessings, and teachers who unknowingly speak to your condition. 
– Sam Keen



May 12

Anything Can Be

Listen to the Mustn’ts
Listen to the mustn’ts, child
Listen to the don’ts
Listen to the shouldn’ts
The impossibles, the won’ts
Listen to the never haves
Then listen close to me–
Anything can happen, child
Anything can be. 

-Shel Silverstein