|Posted on July 17, 2021 at 1:50 PM||comments ()|
A few weeks ago I talked about 911 dispatchers describing themselves as the person that only gets called in the “worst moments of someone’s life.” What an overwhelming responsibility that is. Worse, while they are not physically present in the midst of the emergency as other first responders are, they suffer the same PTSD because of the overwhelming compulsion they feel to help.
Did you know that some studies indicate that first responders, including 911 ...Read Full Post »
|Posted on July 4, 2021 at 12:35 AM||comments ()|
Tomorrow we celebrate Independence Day as a Nation. Across this country people will be marking the occasion in one way or another. Why? Because back in 1776, the first 13 American colonies were declared free and independent States from Great Britain and an oppressive king. Those early Americans took their freedom seriously.
These days we still mark the day with fireworks because on the first Independence Day anniversary in 1777, people gathered to watch as the sky illumi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 26, 2021 at 11:40 AM||comments ()|
Much of our lives we struggle with the misconception that old age is going to come on gradually and gracefully. We believe we will elegantly come to accept the fact that our hair has turned silver, we’re a little slower than normal, and we tire more easily. When someone we love begins to show the signs of age, including a bit of crankiness, we aren’t exactly sure what to make of it.
So let me help, as a person standing on the other side of the timeline. First of all, imagi...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 19, 2021 at 2:40 PM||comments ()|
Father’s Day is upon us. There are few more precious celebrations, although it seems that these days it’s a little less marked than it used to be. Perhaps that’s because we have so many different family dynamics and mixes. But when you think about what it means, we should absolutely give it more than just a passing nod.
While studies indicate that the most influential person in a child’s life is their same sex parent, I can tell you that ha...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 12, 2021 at 10:30 AM||comments ()|
My sweet old dog Sissie has been under the weather lately. Nothing specific beyond the ravages of time. At 18 she’s deaf, nearly blind, has arthritis in every joint, and just generally wants to sleep and eat more than anything else. In spite of all that, she has moments of real joy, and I know that in her mind she’s still a puppy running through the fields with her big brothers.
But while I was researching some things to make her more comfortable...Read Full Post »
|Posted on June 5, 2021 at 10:10 AM||comments ()|
Needing to get a minor medical procedure done, I’ve spent a considerable time in various waiting rooms this past week. First there was the multiple appointments prior to deciding to do the procedure, then pre-registration several days before it, and finally the wait on the day of. I can tell you, each waiting period felt significantly different than the last because the circumstances were changed.
Everything we experience here in the natural is a reflection and a learning tool f...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 29, 2021 at 10:15 AM||comments ()|
As my body ages, I’ve started to contemplate the wisdom of that “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” button that is available to us seniors. You know the one. It’s an unattractive piece of hardware that you wear around your neck in the unfortunate circumstance that you might trip over some unexpected hazard and find yourself in a situation you can’t escape from on your own steam.
Sadly, we never anticipate that we’ll be in a position where w...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 22, 2021 at 10:50 AM||comments ()|
The last month or so has been a bit of a transportation challenge for me. My reliable and fully loaded little Acura is down for repairs, and because the parts are coming from China it’s going to be a minute before I get the fix completed. So, in the meantime, I’m driving my faithful 21 year old Ford Ranger, whom I’ve lovingly named Tank.
Tank is a great vehicle, and I’m blessed to have him, but he was built before all the bells and whistles were in...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 15, 2021 at 10:45 AM||comments ()|
Am I showing my age when I mention the classic Steinbeck novel, “Of Mice and Men?” This book is named loosely for a poem that says in part “the best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men. Gang aft a-gley,” or translated, the best laid plans of mice and men can still go wrong.
The poem, “To A Mouse” was written by one of the most famous writers of all times, Robert Burns. He was often called the Scottish Shakespeare. The point of the...Read Full Post »
|Posted on May 9, 2021 at 12:45 AM||comments ()|
“How can I help?” In times of our greatest need, those are sometimes all the words we really need to express. When someone we love has died, there isn’t anyone here on earth who can undo the pain of that separation. When the diagnosis is cancer, whether or not there is the opportunity for some kind of treatment the abject fear won’t be minimized by retail therapy or even good conversation.
There are times when what someone is feeling is so deeply rooted in the...Read Full Post »