The Stream of Whatever

One thousand, five hundred and sixty-five. That’s how many blog-related emails were waiting in Outlook on May 5th. The Fourth could no longer be with me or help. I deleted them all. Yes, I did that. There’s no way I could attend to one thousand, five hundred and sixty-five emails. Sorry blogger buddies, don’t take this personally. I’ve been gone Monday through Thursday the last two weeks. The weekends have flown by. I’ve been packing, unpacking, doing laundry, re-packing, eatingRead more

One Liner Motion

“To me, if life boils down to one thing, it’s movement. To live is to keep moving.” ~Jerry Seinfeld~ I tell my chiropractor and massage therapist a version of this often. My goal is to physically keep moving. Except when I’m sleeping. Or on a Saturday morning when a cat and cup of coffee resist the urge. But still… I desire to keep moving. Moving toward new adventures. Engaging in a healthy lifestyle. Wrapping myself in emotional health. Pushing limitsRead more

Don’t Fret the Wrinkles

“Are you really who you say you want to be?” ~John Pavlovitz~ The woman in the photo may be worrying about the answer. Is she who she wants to be? Or simply worried about a pimple? Fretting over a wrinkle? Upset that her compact will not tell her she’s the fairest? What if that’s who she wants to be? The fairest… And she’s not? In the context of John’s quote, he had asked the question, “What is the way forwardRead more

Following Mr. King’s Advice

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write. Simple as that.” ― Stephen King When I took part in a poetry class at the local University Extension back in April and May, the instructor told us a number of times to read poetry more often than write poetry. For the reason that teacher and Stephen King stated – having the tools to write – I decided to make it a missionRead more

#WATWB: A Mobile Movement

“A new type of volunteer opportunity is coming to the Fox Cities this spring in the form of the Give Back Bus. For a small donation, the Give Back Bus will transport riders on altruistic adventures around the Fox Cities area. But there’s a twist – destinations will not be revealed until the bus arrives at its final stop. Trips are generally four hours long and there is no limit to the scope of projects planned. Volunteers could help clean up a localRead more

I’m Doing It

  “If you really want to do it, you do it. There are no excuses.” ~Bruce Nauman~ I saw it in the catalog several weeks ago The course made me stop and pause A chance to explore this writing genre Give boost to the improvement cause I thought about it on and off Questioned if I had the time Came up with a few more excuses To not engage in the rhyme But it nagged and nagged and nagged ThatRead more

Creative Inspiration

I bought a new book on Saturday. My good sense told me that I already have enough books that are either half read or never read and I shouldn’t waste my money. But then that horned guy made me do it. He stuck his pitchfork in me until I reached in my wallet and handed over the loot. That’s my excuse. Good sense rolled her eyeballs and laughed. But I digress. I bought a new book on Saturday. It’s aRead more

There’s No App for That

“There is no APP for getting your a** to the gym”! ~ Coach Jimmy ~ Darn it all. I was hoping for one. Getting my a** to the gym can be a futile exercise in laziness and excuses, rather than determination – especially during the cold months of winter. I know I need to. I know my back will feel better for the effort. I know I will be stronger for it. Yet… I seem to find many excuses. Today’sRead more

Squeezing the Cow

“The pattern of your breathing affects the pattern of your performance. When you are under stress, deep breathing helps bring your mind and body back into the present…breathe in energy. Breathe out negativity. Breathe in relaxation. Breathe out stress.”  ~Gary Mack~ Or you can squeeze the cow. Say what? About a month ago, one of our office assistants announced she was leaving to take another position in the school system. “Okay, fine, no problem,” I thought as we’ve had vacanciesRead more

The MJ Obstacle Files

This week, Mr. Huberman asks the question, “Can limitations and obstructions push us forward in our creative work?” Poor Snoopy. He always begins his writing this way. It’s very limiting. I have often wondered why he didn’t start his stories with, “It was a bright and sunny day,” the cheerful promise of a positive story. He might have had a book deal with that opener. In writing posts, one of my biggest concerns is to not be repetitively boring with wordsRead more

The Flailing Tuna Returns

Three years ago, in March of 2013, I had a brilliant idea. I would swim laps. At the pool. Yes, brilliant. For it will be a great cardio workout and the many years I spent learning ujjayi breath at yoga would certainly be of benefit as I gracefully cut through the salt/chlorine mixture of water. Right? Right? Well, wrong. Very wrong. I splashed and heaved my body up and down the pool, gasping for breath at the end, of lap one, wonderingRead more

Where is Peace?

That is a great question. I wish there was a pat answer. I feel peace hiding, trembling, afraid to show its face of late. ISIS terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut, and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt, have the world’s humanity on edge – fearful, filled with anxiety, and witness to suffering. From NBCNews.com:  “SAINT-DENIS, France — A woman blew herself up early Wednesday (November 18) as an elite police unit raided an apartment while hunting theRead more