Gifts of Christmas: Hope

Christmas is a time of celebration and gift-giving as christians celebrate the birth of the Christ child. We tend to focus heavily on the consumer aspect of presents and gift giving. We all seem to be in search of the perfect present for family and friends. We run ourselves ragged, forgetting about the things that... Continue Reading →

The days of the week: Meet the friends in my head

Mister Rogers began each episode of his children's television series by changing into one of his trademark cardigan sweaters while singing the show's theme song, “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” As soon as you saw him, it didn't matter your age, you knew you were in a safe place. Who wouldn’t want to have Mister... Continue Reading →

A misplaced note

If it was a lost set of keys, I would have asked the receptionist if anyone had dropped off a set. If it was a missing person, I would have filed a report with the police. This is different. I came across some interesting writing advice a month or two ago and wrote it down... Continue Reading →

Shutting out the world

The world can be a loud and crazy place. For every believer or supporter, we'll run into ten other doubters. Sometimes we need to tell others to be quiet, and to trust the artist inside of us. We need close the blinds to the outside world and trust ourselves! We need to trust our instinct.... Continue Reading →

Can I get a do-over?

I found my day.  There it was on my screen. I refreshed the website to make sure I was reading it correctly. I looked again. Yup, I read it right the first time, National Mulligan Day is observed this upcoming Monday (October 17). Who thinks of these days? In any event, a mulligan in golf... Continue Reading →

A teacher going the extra mile

The professor asked the class to drop off our papers on our way out of the room. My heart sank. I knew it was a long shot, but I had hoped he would forget, and I’d get a reprieve, at least for the weekend. I pulled my paper out of my bag and waited my... Continue Reading →

New cop in town

I looked behind me and saw the red flashing lights. I sat back in my seat disgusted, I was being pulled over. When I was completely stopped, the police officer stepped out of his squad car and slowly made his way to my car.  He wore shiny Ray-Ban Aviator sunglasses and motioned for me to... Continue Reading →

LMIRL, nah I’d rather not!

I’m a lover of words and phrases and good punctuation. I love how they give us structure but evolve to meet our changing needs. For instance, I love how we’ve created “Adulting,” “Doomscrolling,” and “Super-spreader” to explain modern-day, 21st century life. Adulting: the practice of behaving in a way characteristic of a responsible adult, especially... Continue Reading →

The psychology of choice

When the Magic Kingdom in Orlando opened in October 1971, success was far from certain. Oh sure, Walt Disney had opened Disneyland in Anaheim in 1955 and its success hinted at what was to come, but the Magic Kingdom was significantly larger and Walt Disney had passed away five years prior to the opening. When... Continue Reading →

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