Did You Have an Accident or Make a Mistake?

The first time I ever argued semantics was with my mother when I was about five. I’d done something I wasn’t supposed to do – like any other five-year-old in the history of everything ever – and when things had gone sideways (surprise, surprise) I […]

Read more

In the Wake of Tragedy

Any time we tell a story about ourselves, it is a story of how we are a hero (in order that we might build ourselves up) or a victim (so that we might garner sympathy and create deeper bonds in our relationships). We do not […]

Read more

Tell Me What You Want to Hear

Winter is easily the time of tales as the nights lengthen and people bundle together to warm one another with laughter. Yet clearly summer won’t be denied as folks go out into the dark in search of bonfires and accommodating winds. We seek the cooler […]

Read more

I’m Not the Only Goose in Town

I am not nor have I ever been a very big fan of Aesop. What I mean to say is that too many of our long-held misperceptions of various animals, and by extension our fellow man, are stupid-harmful. So many of his fables would progress […]

Read more

Egg Drop Soup: The Five-Finger Method for Getting a Grip

It’s one of those easier-said-than-done things, right? Everybody’s cooing “Priorities …” in one ear, and yelling “GOALS” in the other. Get the balance right and you’re “assured” a healthy, happy, and meaningful life because the world will be your “oyster.”

Read more

Egg Drop Soup: Telling Tales Tells All

A friend said to me recently that human beings are meaning makers when I said that we are story-telling creatures. It’s true, we view the world and the things in it and assign meaning to everything. Meanwhile, our subconscious/lizard brain uses over-simplified yes-or-no friend-or-foe logic […]

Read more

What Makes a Life Lucky?

Some people have an unnecessary aversion to luck. I met a woman who works in a gorgeous library, writes adolescent literature in her spare time, and was planning on attending an upcoming conference of the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). I said […]

Read more
1 2 3