Don’t Sit on Cliffs

“Laughter is the best medicine.” It is said Proverbs 17:22 is the earliest example of this adage: “A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” People have also attributed the origin of this phrase to the American publisher and humor writer Bennett Cerf. No matter, though. It is absolute truth – there is nothing better for the body and soul than a good belly laugh, a guffaw, a chuckle, or a sniggering. CombinedRead more

Jell-O with an L

When I was very young, I had a hard time saying yellow. It came out as “Lell-O.” Jell-O with an L. Hello with an L. I have vague memories of the Lell-O, but the correct pronunciation eventually made its way out of my mouth and all was right in the world. Yellow was yellow again. Yellow is not my favorite color and it’s not due to the long-ago missing Y. It’s simply a matter of preferring jewel tones and blackRead more

Mr. Foley’s River

This past weekend, Natasha and I were watching Sunday Morning on CBS. One of the featured stories was of people who live in a van or bus rather than a house or apartment. We found it rather interesting, this life choice, especially with the family of six, who live in a converted school bus, and the older gentleman who resides in a space that would be too cramped for my taste. You can read the story or watch the videoRead more

Armpits

“Sometimes, when I get nervous, I stick my hands under my armpits and then I smell them like this!” Yes, I know William T. Riker didn’t really say this one-liner to Captain Picard. I couldn’t help myself. The photo… So, who actually said those words circa 1995? Fifty bonus points for the correct answer! Extra 25 points if you’ve used your deodorant today. Hint: Her character had absolutely nothing to do with Star Trek or Riker unless an encounter with alienRead more

A Few Me-Me’s for You, for Me!

The local radio station has been playing the classic John Denver/Muppets version of The 12 Days of Christmas in steady rotation. I’ve had Miss Piggy’s “Ba-da Bump Bump” rolling around in my head for two days. I’m trying to decide through the giggles if it’s a bit much. So tonight, in order to effectively kill the “Ba-da Bump Bump’s” from being on repeat, I went in search of additional Muppet videos. Christmas or otherwise. I found the three Muppets thatRead more

Two Words

Several years ago, the organization I work for embraced Evidence-Based Practices, with the goal of lifelong success for our clients. As part and parcel, all employees received initial training in Motivational Interviewing and continued training has been ongoing since M.I.’s inception into the workplace. As one who handles administrative tasks and is not directly involved in our client base, I receive occasional M.I. training, enough to make me think about how I converse with and respond to others. Before I continueRead more