Inspiration

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 […]

Shopaholic

OK. Don’t panic. Don’t panic It’s only a VISA bill. It’s a piece of paper; a few numbers. I mean, just how scary can a few numbers be? (Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella) I’m throwing together this Monday post at the last minute, because I got absolutely no writing done yesterday. Because my Beloved […]

And a Stolen Laptop Later…

This story definitely goes into the “Sometimes God just takes care of you” category. Last Tuesday, I walked out of the Chelmsford Public Library, after working there on my computer that morning, to where my car was parked, and I saw this: And a jolt zapped through my gut. Who the hell did that to […]

Accidents Will Happen: Picking Up and Moving On with Integrity

When I wrote this piece, I was not sure I was ready to talk about it. I had not even told the story to my Beloved yet. But, I thought, maybe writing about it would make it easier. That was over 5 months ago. Since then, I’ve told my Beloved part of the story, but […]

Happy Groundhog Day!

I’m snowed in this Groundhog Day, as is apparently most of the nation. Sitting here, with the family, watching Groundhog Day, a most ironic movie for this particular Groundhog Day blizzard. Fortunately, this morning, Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow, and we will have an early spring. Yay! Because I am now officially tired […]

Abusive Comments Will Be Summarily Deleted

In the past, I’ve defended a wide-open policy regarding blog comments. I’ve always let anyone post any on-topic comment they wanted. So, I’ve filtered out spam; but any vagrant who wanted to throw in his two cents, no matter what they were actually worth, I’d leave his comments up there, along with the constructive and […]

All About “Becoming”: An Interview with Linda Boulanger

Today, I’ve invited Linda Boulanger to visit me in my virtual living room, to talk about her latest book Becoming, which is a collection of inspirational, faith-based short-short stories. Hi, Linda. Hi, Tim! Becoming starts with a story about a young woman whose father bails her out of jail, which will inevitably have political repercussions […]

Depression: An Interview with Author Sharon Cathcart

I’m sitting here in my virtual living room with author Sharon Cathcart, to talk about psychological depression—which I’ve had my own experiences with, as you may know if you’ve been following this blog for any length of time. Sharon has been a journalist, a newspaper editor, and an award-winning poet. Now, she’s authored a novel, […]

Two Women Search for the Meaning of Life

I finally got to see Julie and Julia over the weekend. Unlike many stories, it doesn’t serve as a means of escape. Rather, there is substance and inspiration woven through it. The film compares the stories of Julia Child and Julie Powell. Both faced an impasse in their lives; both set out on a search […]