Black and Blue

““Tis the season to be…..” For many, the concluding line isn’t “to be jolly” but rather any number of other adjectives will be used to define this time of year. With the frenzy that comes with Black Friday and the subsequent Blues that come with season, many are left feeling battered and quite frankly, black and blue. How can you not only survive, but thrive, during the season? 1. To help stay in the ‘black” financially, make a...

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Deja BOO

This past week I finished a novel and watched a movie, each based on an historical occurrence.  Both novel and movie featured characters that lived an exceptional experience that had a long term impact on their psyche. The novel was entitled The Lilac Girls:  Set during World War II, it told the story of three women.  Two were involved in the medical experiments at the Ravensbruck Concentration Camp during the Nazi regime. The third woman,...

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Repair and Maintenance

In the town where I live and work there is a shoe cobbler who takes the time to restore and repair leather goods. His belief, as stated on his website, is “that if you care for and repair items made from quality materials with skill and love, they will last for years.”  Shoe cobblers are a dying breed, but their statement serves as a useful metaphor for our own lives. Just as we value our homes, our cars, and yes, even our shoes, seeking...

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Swimming Upstream

Nature shows fascinate viewers with the struggle of salmon to swim upstream to spawn.  This natural instinct seems to go against the very laws of physics.  We often hear others who struggle use the phrase…”it’s like swimming against the current.” Yet, each Fall Pacific salmon leave their salt water homes and return to fresh water to reproduce.  Despite myriads of obstacles en route, they power on, thus completing their life...

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Cruising, Chaos, Crashing. Crisis, Calling…Heeding the Signs of Struggle

Survival is at the core of each and every living thing. In Darwinian terms, it is the survival of the fittest that those who exist do just that. When we stumble a little, fall down, feel overwhelmed it is the fight, or lack thereof, that allows to either continue on or give up. This inherent goal of survival also speaks of strength or weakness.  Those who believe they are strong and can do without help are the same individuals who can become...

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The word “maybe” is synonymous with “fence sitting”.  Which way to go?  What path to take?   The word is frequently used as a way to dodge a promise. A child asks a parent for a treat/toy/playdate, the social invitation that is offered with the hopes of (perhaps) a better one waiting in the wings, the boss who is depending on your loyalty and subtle hope that you will go that extra mile despite the demand and stress it may...

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