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This Is The Dawning of The Age of -ish
Blog Brainstorms

This Is The Dawning Of The Age of -ish

I turned 55 last August and decided a number is only that. A number is a line on a dial, a grasp at definition, a point from which all relativity must flow. For some, it may be an attempt to characterize one’s personality. For…

December 1, 2017
The Face of Homelessness Isn't What You Think
Blog Good Ideas

The Face of Homelessness Is Not What You Think

Chris Llamas will turn 27 next May. He might bake a birthday cake and whip up a batch of meatloaf, his favorite food. He learned how to cook from his Grandma, using her handwritten recipes. He hasn’t been able to cook for years, but…

November 3, 2017
taste perceptions
Blog Dishing It Up

Is What You Taste All In The Perception?

I recently had a run-in with a sweetbread and decided it was offal. Stop looking at me funny. That was a pun. We were ordering dinner at a restaurant celebrated for its way with food and opted for the “tasting menu.” Before a crumb…

October 6, 2017
Derailing best laid plans
Blog Life Lessons

Derailing The Best-Laid Plans

I am married to an obsessive-compulsive vacation planner. He is unable to go on a trip without making plans for the next one. I’ve tried to get him to relax, but that’s how he’s wired. As we sat in an airport bar last January…

September 1, 2017
Fireflies Allow Running With Scissors
Blog Brainstorms

Fireflies Allow Running With Scissors

I have a sister who is very wise, wiser than her years, perhaps. She’s younger than me, but knows a lot when it comes to common sense. In her wisdom, she only makes suggestions about two things. The first is to remind me to…

August 4, 2017
How To Mother in Law Operations Manual
Blog Good Ideas

The How To Mother-In-Law Operations Manual

I was recently gifted another kid. It was a great opportunity to add a child to our family without me dealing with being pregnant, which previously (twice) has meant gaining 50 pounds a pop. And no, I haven’t acquired another dog, and I still…

July 7, 2017
Which Of These Things Is Not Like The Other
Blog Brainstorms

Which Of These Things Is Not Like the Other

It could be said that people are much the same as other people, if we were to look at people in a blank, white canvas sort of way. Two eyes, fingers and toes, nose and mouth. We all have butts and bellybuttons, hair that…

June 9, 2017
Blog Wanderings

Searching For Jamie, I Found Haggis Instead

We were headed for vacation in Scotland when I received advice from two friends coming from two camps of thought, both equally adamant, both diametrically opposed. I hope you find Jamie, one friend texted  — while the other pragmatically dictated I should give haggis a try. It…

May 5, 2017