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All You Need is LOVE

Not so sure about the Beatles’ song that rose to prominence from their “Yellow Submarine” album of 1964 since it begins with “There’s nothing you can do that can’t be done” and I, unlike other children of the ‘60s, believe in moral absolutes, but the chorus has its strong point that “All you need is…

Marriage: Time Will Tell

June is almost upon us, that time of year when many marry. I wonder the number of marriages that will last decades… and the number that won’t make it ‘till December. Time will tell. Think about it: time. will. tell. Over the years, issues will arise– from money, to sex, to kids, to communication, to…

On Boundaries and Borders

Coming from an immigrant background where all four of my grandparents came straight off the boat to America, I understand a bit about boundaries and borders. As they say, “Good fences make good neighbors.” Without fences, there’s chaos, but even with fences, there are always exceptions to the rule. You see, back then, in the…

Russian Children and Security Checks

Sashenka was sure that nobody wanted to hire her. I had suggested a job that resulted in EXTREME excitement and interest on her part, something right up her alley. And now… no call. “Persistence, my dear, persistence,” I told her. “You guys fill out an online application and then sit in the corner and rock….

Half-Hearted Men and Mixed Messages

“He’s not that into you.” Or is he? Books, movies and seminars would not be undertaken on the subject of men sending mixed messages if they could just be straightforward about their feelings. Women may imagine the guys to be conflicted, yet, generally they are straightforward. It’s the women who project their own confused feelings…

It’s My Birthday!

May Day signals my birthday, a day to rejoice, to be present and alive on Planet Earth. Opportunities to make a difference and an impact surround me. What a blessing! I’m taking it easy, accomplishing some work, and “watching the paint dry”— or the paint peel— as may be closer to the truth. Just coming…

Monday Mottoes – #237

There are people who drain you and people who entertain you, those who lift and those who sift. Most of life is a balancing act between the two. It always amazes me when those in a professional or educational setting laud someone, yet their own family members or supposed friends don’t even like them. Occasionally,…

Procrastination: Why “I’ll Do It Tomorrow” Never Comes

Let’s face it, we’re human (major shock there, I know!): we forget things, we postpone events, we might find that we didn’t plan properly, or we bit off too much to do. It happens. Yet, for the most part, we have plenty of time for the people and the activities we deem important. All it…

Monday Mottoes – #235

Pronouncements of the negative sort seem so simple when it comes to other people: He’s lazy. She’s nuts. You’ll never amount to anything. They’re moochers. Very easy. I can spot immediately what is the problem… with you! Myself, not so much…. There must be a reason why the Bible refers to removing the big log…

Three Jobs… and Three Jumps Forward

Our three younger kids, in their late teens and early twenties, just landed their semi-dream jobs. In other words, their mother decided to point them in the right direction after seeing them flounder.  Rather than swoop in and save them, I gave them a little boost which, in turn, boosted their self-esteem even more. The…