Category: Friends

Clear Skies Over Hawaii

For the last couple of years, I have mostly kept my comments on Facebook to my day-to-day activities and reactions to the events in the lives of the people I care about.  I love seeing their family photos, weddings, vacations, weather concerns, and pets. My thoughts about politics […]

Who Do You Think You Are?

Who do you think you are? Are you whatever is in your mind? Are you who you see in the mirror? Are you whatever other people think of your appearance? Jamie (MustBeTuesday) recently posted a video on body positivity that taught me a valuable lesson. He explained that […]

Grenfell Tower Fire by Natalie Oxford via Wikimedia Commons (CC 4.0)

Austerity Kills.

Austerity kills, and do you know who it kills?  Poor people. New immigrants. The elderly. People with addictions.  Young artists. Unemployed people. The disabled and infirm. Single parents. I don’t care what political landscape you inhabit, you only have to look around to realize that some of us […]

You Can Do Anything

Today I realized that some people view the people who joined the Women’s March as whiners and misandrists. They think we are sore losers, or people who didn’t vote and now regret it. They think we hate men. They don’t understand what has got us all so upset. This […]

Identity by Andres Yeah

Belonging(s)

Imagine you have gone to a foreign country for a visit and you are enthralled by the clothes, the customs, the food, the culture. You find it delightful to experience even briefly the unusual and unexpected. You visit national monuments and attend cultural events, and you smile at […]

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Keeping Things Straight

My memory has never been good, but now it is frequently awful. One of my most valuable techniques for overcoming the problem is to always put things away after I’ve used them. This is especially important for things like screwdrivers, scissors, tax files, and Tupperware lids. If things […]

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International Divorce

I understand why Britain chose to divorce itself from the European Union. It was a marriage fraught with irritations, and in order to end the annoyances Britain decided to walk away. It was a tough decision and it could have gone either way, but they walked. I feel […]

Barbie dolls in a heap

Playing With Dolls

From the moment a child is born, we want to reassure ourselves that our baby fits into our perceptions of what is considered normal. Normal numbers of fingers and toes, normal weight, normal health, and normal gender. The problem with that is that we have very narrow perceptions of […]

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Happiness Engineering

Several years ago I met someone online whose empathy helped me with the daily tribulations that accompanied my husband’s illness and, ultimately, his death. I appreciated his friendship and looked forward to exchanging emails with him. Unfortunately, it turned out that his empathy was not without self-interest. Little […]