Inspiration

Take a Few Sensitive Hours

About halfway through the film Broken English: “What are you thinking?” Nora is laying her head back on Julian’s chest. The bath suds cover their nakedness. His arms intertwine with hers and wrap around her torso. He waits for a response, but she simply stares into space from behind blank eyes. “Hey.” He splashes some […]

Share a Little Good News This Thanksgivukkah

Just wanted to wish you and yours a happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful Hanukkah. In a series of studies published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, study participants were more satisfied with their lives if they shared good news at least twice a week, with someone who responded positively to the good news. […]

The Love of Money

Contentment makes poor men rich. Discontent makes rich men poor. Supposedly, Benjamin Franklin said that. I was unable, in my brief research, to confirm that these are actually the words of Benjamin Franklin. But it’s a good thought nonetheless. I’ve written about this idea before, from a slightly different perspective, that our happiness is not […]

Making Progress

I stepped on the bathroom scale this morning, and it read 182 and change, for the fourth time in the last four days. If you recall, for most of last week my weight was hovering around 184, and I couldn’t figure out why. I still don’t know why; the best I can come up with […]

Bits & Pieces 2013-01-17

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. Dropping like a Feather This morning, my bathroom scale read 184.0. That’s about a pound less than it did last week. Slightly disappointing, as my food journal (which I just began this week) seems to indicate that just cheating even a little causes me to put on […]

Not Giving Up on New Year’s Resolutions

Right about now, you may be feeling that urge, which hits sometime during the first couple of months of every year, the urge to forget the New Year’s resolutions to which you had so daringly committed only weeks ago. After all, you’ve already eaten that cake, skipped that workout session, smoked that cigarette… whatever. You […]

Bits & Pieces 2012-10-25

Links and things that I’ve run across recently. Or Maybe I Need to Learn to Talk Like John Moschitta … or Paris Geller. My mind goes back to one episode of Gilmore Girls (“It Should Have Been Lorelai”, season 2, episode 14—and no, I didn’t know that off the top of my head) when Paris […]

How Deep Is Your Sinkhole?

A happy thought on which to end the week. As you may know, we’ve been working Dave Ramsey’s system to stop paying debt interest to big banks and improve our standard of living. Well, this past week, I finally got paid for some contract work I did last year (yup—more on that in a bit), […]

The Greatest Story Ever Told (and the Star Trek Universe)

I don’t know what I’d do without Google. What did people do before Google? How did they do research? They actually went to a library and looked up stuff and copied it into thick binders full of paper. That was less than 20 years ago, and I remember a bit from those times. But I […]

The Amazing Plastic Spoon

I ran into this on Facebook, or Twitter, or some site or another. It’s been making the rounds, I guess. “It’s pretty amazing that our society has reached a point where the effort necessary to extract oil from the ground, ship it to a refinery, turn it into plastic, shape it appropriately, truck it to […]