Category Archives: Wisdom

Life Beyond a Stroke

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I was living life fully loaded: teaching opportunities were suddenly plentiful, spending time with family and friends was a joy, and getting ready for anther year of CBS was just around the corner.  I had lots of ideas and plans and life … Continue reading

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Re-Thinking Us vs. Them

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Rich vs. Poor.  Right vs. Left.  Citizens vs. Illegal Aliens.  Black vs. White.  Government vs. Taxpayers.  These are just some of the Us vs. Them battles that we perceive around us.  Fear and ideological insulation can lead us to believe that … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Disasters Du Jour

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What is today’s disaster du jour?  It might be a genuine catastrophe, like the violent conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, MH17, or vulnerable children at our borders.  Or, perhaps it’s the usual polarized political theater in Washington inciting fear of the … Continue reading

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If Only: Letting Go of Regret (book review)

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What do you do with your troublesome “if only” moments, a.k.a. regrets?  I tend to ignore them, safely stashing them in a mental holding cell because facing them feels like living Groundhog Day without the power to change anything.  No fun. If Only: Letting Go of Regret, by Michelle Van Loon, … Continue reading

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Wonderings

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I wonder about the physiology of laughter.  How is it that humor generates a spontaneous giggle? And then I wonder what makes something funny.  What is the definition of humor?  (I suppose I could research these things, but today I’m just wondering.) … Continue reading

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Pizza is Wisdom

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Have you had a Chicago style deep dish pizza?  My family’s favorite  is Lou Malnati’s, and it is on the menu every time we have out-of-town guests.  No one has ever been disappointed.  (Very full, but not disappointed.) How do boring old flour, olive … Continue reading

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Bubble-ology

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Bubble-ology : the recognition and analysis of spheres containing uniform philosophical, ideological and/or theological thought (from Judy’s dictionary of hypothetical words:). How often do you seek perspectives from sources outside of your bubble? Every individual looks at life through the lens of his or her unique life experiences and … Continue reading

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Too Many People on Planet Earth or Too Few?

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“Last year, for the first time, the Japanese bought more adult diapers than diapers for babies…’”  America’s Baby Bust by Jonathan V. Last in The Wall Street Journal. How’s that for an eyebrow raising statistic? According to Last, the downfall of … Continue reading

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The Thief in Every House

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The Thief in Every House There is a thief in every house, a ubiquitous presence, a crook. With our permission, like a weed, it encroaches on moments meant to smell the proverbial roses. A bore, it drones on and on like an unfortunate dinner … Continue reading

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Who is Watching Whom?

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When we were young, my siblings and I felt that a “Kids’ Day” was missing from the holiday calendar. After all, Mother’s Day and Father’s Day were officially recognized, so it made sense to us that children should be celebrated … Continue reading

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