Category: Living and Learning

Can I help you?

“Can I help you?” I asked him with a smile, as he leaned over the counter, peering at the miscellaneous items on the shelves behind me. He didn’t respond. Then after a pause he asked, “Do you have at least an M.A. in psychology?” “No, but I have […]

Turned Away

Imagine, hypothetically, that you are charged with receiving and processing donations to a charitable recycling store. Imagine also that you are short-staffed and overburdened. Donations are piled higher than you can reach, and you can no longer see the floor in the receiving bay. You make an executive […]


As you know, a to-do is an item on a list. Usually it’s a chore, a renovation, a repair, or an errand. Back in the day, though, a to-do was a public fuss or argument. I can remember my mother saying “Oh, she caused such a to-do!” to […]