My first reaction when I heard the recent story of the bullying of a 16-year-old high school girl from a small town in Michigan was thank-goodness-I'm-too-old-for-this-kind-of-thing. But then, on second thought, I realized that bullying, though many times associated with middle and high school years, can go on way into adulthood, with actions like sexual harassment, manipulation, shaming, verbal … [Read more...] about Bullies, Be Warned! (There is Kindness in This World).
I once knew a woman who told me she took away her son’s cell phone to punish him – and then ended up having to buy a new one because she couldn’t remember where she hid it. I thought it odd at the time; after all, how could you possibly misplace something as valuable and important as a phone? Until I did it myself. I lost my cell phone and didn’t find it until…well, it’s kind of embarrassing, … [Read more...] about The Freezer That Rang (and other tales of memory loss)
Why do these two words have to go together? The term is even in the dictionary: "A period of emotional turmoil in middle age...characterized especially by a strong desire for change." It's hard for me to believe that 78 million of us (that's how many people were born during the post-World War II baby boom) are making changes in our lives...because of CRISIS. Really? Change, yes. I'd … [Read more...] about What Midlife Crisis?
What's Fear Got to Do With It? Strangely enough, I've been blogging for a pretty long time - almost five years - yet have dragged my feet getting my OWN blog off the ground. It's been a long time in the making. Why? Not sure... but I have a theory: FEAR. What a formidable emotion fear is. It's powerful enough to silence us, make us hide, procrastinate, make excuses (oh, do I have lots of … [Read more...] about Welcome to my Blog!