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There Is No Greater Virus than Fear

We have a choice; living a life of fear, or one of hope and optimism. Fear Dwelling on fears clouds the mind. It creates anxiety, emotional contraction, judgment of others and it becomes difficult to make a clear decision about anything. Moving forward becomes arduous because there is so much doubt. Fear sees limitation, lack of options, and darkne...Read More

It’s Raining Cats, Dogs . . . and Plastic?

We all know the meaning of it’s raining cats and dogs. Yet no one has solved the mystery of where the phrase originated. Some say it goes back to Nordic mythology where Odin, the God of storms, was pictured with dogs and wolves (symbols of wind). Witches rode through on brooms with black cats and heavy rain. Another unlikely legend claims that dogs...Read More

“The 86-Year-Old Orphan” by Catherine Bellizzi – an Excerpt

“So, my lovely, are we getting married or are we going to live in sin?” Bill asked Tessie as they left the dining room. Well, I’m sure as heck not living in sin!” Tessie exclaimed. “Well, then, should we set a date?” Bill followed up. “Maybe we should set a date to set a date first,” Tessie laughed, meaning the old-fashioned kind of date where the ...Read More

How You Look. Does It Really Matter?

Floods! No, that wasn’t a Weather Channel news alert. That’s how my friends described the too-short pants I wore for my birthday shopping spree. As we’ve each turned 60, we’ve come up with simple ways to mark our passage into a new decade. For my celebration, I asked my friends to help me select a new wardrobe, but first, th...Read More

I’m Pitching. You Catching?

  Dear Mr/Ms. High-Powered Publisher, I’m retired from writing the metro column for the Evansville, Ind., Courier & Press. But never mind that right now. My oh my, do I have an opportunity for you. I’m pitching a can’t-miss book proposal that will net millions the world over. And I promise to give most of my share to our grandchildren. Aft...Read More

Who’s Good for a Laugh?

Humor. It’s been around, especially the political kind, since the first cave dweller stepped forward to lead the tribe. It’s funny, cutting, and entertaining. You can find it in Greek drama, Shakespearean tragedy, and in Mark Twain who famously wrote, “Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress; but I repeat myself.” Techn...Read More

Sanity During the Pandemic. Tell Us What’s Working Well For YOU!

Crazy, unsettling times we’re living through.  We’d love to know how you’re doing.  Keeping your head on straight can be a struggle.  Absolutely.  And it’s so important you realize that as nutty as you think your world has become, others of us out here are thinking the exact same thing. So, we were wondering.  Do you have a tip – or several – for w...Read More

The Crazy Days of “Now”

My home is lovely.  My spouse is a good person. My health is very good. My kids, my grandkids are simply marvelous.  And I’m grateful. But darn it – life has been turned upside down. During these crazy days, I’m trying, really, to maintain a schedule.  I’m trying to do things that make me feel productive, a contributor, and yet – I haven’t hit my s...Read More

You’re Up!

Bases are loaded. Your kids, grandkids, friends, and neighbors cheer. Do you homer, walk, or hit into a triple play? We’re all on the same baseball field. The pandemic is everywhere. Italians sing to each another from their balconies, parents home teach their kids, and celebrities perform a “living room concert.” Most of us care – don’t let anyone ...Read More

I spoke to Finn today!

It wouldn’t have happened a few months ago. In the pre-pandemic days before our isolation, fear, and confusion, I never would have met Finn. I would have been too busy – too controlled by demands, errands, and schedules. Sheltering at home, away from people and deadlines, things have changed. In other words, time has changed. We all wait for Corona...Read More

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