“Everyone has setbacks, disappointments and missed opportunities.
But wallowing in the past and focusing on the negatives is a sure way to doom your future.
So put the past behind you and embrace today as the beginning of your new season.” — Edward T. Creagan, M.D. Mayo Clinic
A lawyer for Mr. Ngo, Harmeet K. Dhillon, did not respond to messages seeking comment, but called out on Twitter to “Antifa criminals” whom she said “I plan to sue into oblivion and then sow salt into their yoga studios and avocado toast stands until nothing grows there, not even the glimmer of a violent criminal conspiracy aided by the effete impotence of a cowed city government.” In Portland, a Punch and a Milkshake Rumor Feed a Fresh Round of Police Criticism
It’s so easy to stereotype, to label and to make bold and aggressive statements.
I practice yoga and I eat avocado toast.
I work. I listen. I pay taxes. I vote.
I don’t know everything but I do know that there are at least two sides to every story and sometimes what may appear as obvious is not.
“You must all work – we must all work
to make this world worthy of its children.” Pablo Casals Continue reading “A World Worthy of Its Children”
Seeing this parked car made me laugh out loud.
I could see me parking over the line with a car of this length.
Parallel parking is not a preferred activity especially on a busy street in downtown Portland!
I especially hate it when lots of people are watching me.
“Woman driver” I can hear them muttering. Continue reading “Parking fail but not mine!”
I used to become annoyed when older people would respond to my lamentations about a problem with the comment “This too shall pass.”
I felt that they were making light of something that was important and possibly earth-shattering.
I felt as though they did not care.
I felt dismissed.
I felt unheard.
I felt angry.
I am fascinated by Seneca who wrote about how to live centuries ago.
“Everyone hustles his life along, and is troubled by a longing for the future and weariness of the present. But the man who … organizes every day as though it were his last, neither longs for nor fears the next day… Continue reading “Everyone hustles his life along”
You owe it to all of us to get on with what you’re good at. W. H. Auden
This quote was a page-stopper for me.
It comes at a time when I am weighing options in my life.
There is what I want to do. Quit my job and pursue other interests.
I tell myself at least once a day that I should quit and do something else.
Then there is what I feel I should do. Stay at the job and try to contain work to a reasonable amount of time in my day and space in my brain. So far, not happening.
I need to learn some Jedi mind tricks.
What I am good at? Writing, communicating, helping others, finding solutions, taking care of loved ones. Even if I am not first-rate at anything, there are many things I enjoy doing such as writing (I always come back to that), painting, playing the piano, learning computer science.
All take time and a full-time job doesn’t allow for much free time.
Everybody’s doing it
I have many friends who are retired. I am just tired.
I want to step out in faith that the future will be OK, that I have saved enough, that I will not regret my decision.
My friend’s younger sister (40ish) was killed suddenly in a car accident a few weeks ago. A terrible reminder of the uncertainty of our time on earth.
My friend who retired in December hates it. Other friends love it.
A man and his wife recently retired and downsized. As he put it, “We want to make tnese decisions while we are still able rather than have someone else make them for us.”
If I look hard and long enough, I will find arguments pro and con for quitting my job.
Every day brings me closer to starting a new life.
The question is will I let fate decide (illness, accident, industry changes) or will I be the captain of my ship?
My heart longs to travel down peaceful, quiet roads.
I am trying to eat good food when I “break my fast” but, it’s not always easy mainly due to lack of time and a bit of laziness.
I don’t want to cook first thing in the morning and I don’t want to clean up afterwards.
However, I do want to eat well. Continue reading “Breaking my fast”
My eight year old grandson fears being shot at school thanks to the recent and continuing gun violence in our schools.
He experienced two lock downs at his elementary school in Denver, Colorado this spring.
His school was closed when the Columbine copycat appeared on the scene and again when a shooting occurred at another school.
He is eight years old.
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9 New International Version (NIV)
I blog about my experiences.
I reveal my fears.
I share my happiness and my insights.
My concerns are nothing new to mankind. Continue reading “Thoughts on blogging…”