Living and Learning

Two Degrees from Pope Francis

Two Degrees from Pope Francis

About a Boy There’s this boy I’ve been seeing one afternoon a week. It’s not exactly a secret but not many people know about it.  Once a week, I drop what I usually do–organizing schedules, planning stuff, and chauffeuring or stringing words and stories on the computer screen or on the pages of my mind […]

Life Lesson: Closing Chapters

Life Lesson: Closing Chapters

He who opens a door gets more than bargained for. He steps through for a peep but finds he’s in too deep. Surely there’ll be some pain when closing the door again. But leaving a door ajar is the biggest mistake by far. With high school cynicism I wrote those words in rhythm. Now, decades […]

When Laughter Lingers

When Laughter Lingers

She was the class jester.  She spewed an unlimited supply of funny remarks which always made perfect humorous sense.  Classmates enjoyed her antics, authority figures tolerated them, siblings acknowledged them, and she thrived on that reputation.  She was the class jester.  On her tombstone, that would not be appropriate. Fancy free, irreverent, and never quite […]

In Search of a Personal Support Team

In Search of a Personal Support Team

Have you heard of the term trust fall?  It’s a common team building exercise done in groups where you stand atop a raised platform with your back to the group.  You then do a backward free fall, trusting that the group will safely catch you.  It’s supposed to teach you about trust.  You also learn […]

Define Spiritual

Define Spiritual

The Oxford dictionary defines spiritual as relating to the human spirit or soul as opposed to material or physical things. The definition states – not just implies – that spiritual and physical are mutually exclusive and opposed to each other. Sacred, unworldly, and ghostly are listed as synonyms, which further distance spiritual from the regular. […]

kitty wordsmith

“An adventurous wordsmith makes some mechanical adjustments before getting down to business.” – Workman Publishing – New York

Mood Alteration: Artificial or Natural?

Consistently staying in an upbeat state of mind is a desirable goal. The day’s work becomes effortless; relating to people, more pleasant; setbacks, less daunting; and life, ever worthwhile. Should we then take the quickest route to the drugstore and pick up our stash of medications for mood alteration? Wouldn’t that instantly give us a […]