Are We in Ancient Rome?

Luck has it that I had a chance to go to the Smoky Mountains, so I took full advantage and nestled for 5 days in Appalachia. I didn’t realize how badly I needed a break until I took a break. During my reflective pause, I made time to process the last six months and alsoContinue reading “Are We in Ancient Rome?”

Intentional Living Whack-A-Mole

The living with intention concept is popping up madly in my day-to-day. Like in that game, “Whack-A-Mole”. I try to thwack it down, but the “pay attention to me” and this alternative, but necessary way to live is wagging a finger in my face refusing to be ignored. Starting the Path to Intentional Living TheContinue reading “Intentional Living Whack-A-Mole”

Stumbling Into the Past in Kyoto

IMHO, the entire country of Japan should go ahead and be declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Kyoto is my third stop in Japan and although Tokyo and Hiroshima blows the doors off anything I’ve seen in the world, Kyoto shot itself into the stratosphere last night. Japan is experiencing a deadly heatwave, soContinue reading “Stumbling Into the Past in Kyoto”

The Flow of Anger

When I landed a customer facing job at a major American airline, I wasn’t prepared to learn as much about anger as I did. Boy, was I surprised (but not too) that the airline’s index of recurrent training included the psychology of anger and how to manage the emotion. To add insult to injury, IContinue reading “The Flow of Anger”

Traveling this Summer? How to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees (or try to)

Get Ahead of the Fee GameOK, why the big, wallet wallop on foreign transaction fees? I understand there is a cost associated with exchange rate conversion, but does it really cost $2.50 or more to conduct transactions from a foreign ATM? I think not. Here we are, living in the age of increased access toContinue reading “Traveling this Summer? How to Avoid Foreign Transaction Fees (or try to)”

What Happened When I Deleted My Social Media Apps…

Scrolling through Facebook. Scrolling through Instagram. Scrolling through Twitter. Seeing far too many people spending more time showcasing their lives rather than actually living them. Every twenty five minutes, I waste ten minutes (at the minimum) scrolling. All day long. And sometimes in the middle of the night. I admit it. I’m guilty. I fellContinue reading “What Happened When I Deleted My Social Media Apps…”

A Brief Moment over Wine and Tom Robbins

When I heard her say, “Tom Robbins..something, something.” My eyes narrowed. I turned to look at her and I cocked my head sideways, like a dog would when he/she hears/feels a meaningful sound vibration. Listening. We were a group of 10 or so enjoying the Memorial Day Holiday from a friend’s back porch. There wereContinue reading “A Brief Moment over Wine and Tom Robbins”

Brutal Barbarism

Yesterday, I walked out of my divorce workshop with Legal Aid completely numb. I went through the machinations of the help session and then that was it. A 15-year relationship simply rubbed away with a notary’s signature. On the drive home, while I was processing that little death, I ruminated on the three people onContinue reading “Brutal Barbarism”

Here, Take a Swig of This

At that moment, I was here, “Wow, can I screw up this parenting thing any more?” Out of the blue, (well, not entirely out of the blue) I get a text from an old friend who was reflecting back to a thing that happened years ago. She said, “I’ll never forget,” [that I said], “takeContinue reading “Here, Take a Swig of This”

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