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Spirituality

Seven Deadly Signs of Middle Age

Are they the menacing signs of middle age, or simply malarkey? Seven deadly signs of middle age. Forget middle age, it could be old age, since there is a sliding scale with not many fixed points these days. I mean, if we’re having first children around the age of 40, do we not hit middle…

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…

Iran: You Don’t Deal With the Devil

If America has been clueless about international terrorism during the past decade, there’s one country that knows the real deal and that’s Israel. Their very lives depend on accurate intelligence and that’s what they have on Iran. One of the major sources of state-sponsored terrorism, Israel and even Saudi Arabia, who was not necessarily our…

Monday Mottoes – #238

And so the introspection of life in the country and life after a birthday continues. I was rather amazed (I don’t know why I was amazed and I would tend to agree with Nora Ephron that there are many things that shock people over and over which are really not that shocking at all if…

Women and Guns and Hunting?

Let me state from the start that I believe in women’s rights. As a matter of fact, I believe in women’s superiority in many ways, lol: multi-tasking, handling pain, balancing friendships/family and career… all while looking good. Real good. Men should try it. There’s hair, makeup, manicures, hair removal, pedicures, hair coloring, eyebrow sculpting, teeth…

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…

Dogs Who Sense a Kindred Soul

Life in the country continues. I am surrounded by hunting dogs. At least I presume they are hunting dogs, I mean, what do dogs do? They’re big, they run around off the leash, and they live on a big farm of sorts. Most days, they languish in the sun. But when they see me, they…

The Blank Slate of an Historic Home

The 18th century plantation house rose in the mist of early morning. A group of archaeologists had convened upon this endangered site where the homeowner proved amenable to all of us poking around, laying out squares and basically, getting to the bottom of the history behind his property. It most likely had featured prominently in…