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Doing Badly In The beginning Is A Start

 “Anything worth doing well is worth doing badly in the beginning” – Marshall Thurber  I do not like doing things badly.  I want to do things well.  The first time.  I see others doing a thing well, with grace and ease, so I jump in and, well, you all know the moment:  It feels so […]

So You Want To Be An Air Traffic Controller?

“Everything you want is out there waiting for you to ask. Everything you want also wants you. But you have to take action to get it.” ― Jack Canfield I spent thirty-eight years in public service as a Federal Employee.  The first four in personnel, now called human resources, for the Air Force Reserves.  The last […]

How Creative People Spark Creativity

“Dance above the surface of the world. Let your thoughts lift you into creativity that is not hampered by opinion.”  ― Red Haircrow I have been attending morning convocation via Zoom of the school where my spouse is on faculty.  Beyond the gathering and administrative aspects, this has allowed access to a creative process with wonderfully […]

Creative People I Have Discovered Under Isolation

I’m surrounded by such beautiful, creative people, and I just love sort of sharing their stories and their journeys –  Solange Knowles When difficult times find us, it is refreshing to find inspiration in the midst of it.  One addition to our daily routine during “social distancing” has been my attendance at the morning convocation […]

How To Adjust To The Culture Shock Of Social Distancing

“If social distancing is taking its toll on your mental wellness—you are not alone”- David Stern, M.D. I wanted some ice cream yesterday and contemplated what fulfilling that desire would involve in the midst of social distancing.  Interrupting my thought process, I became aware of something familiar.  A sense of deja vu. It was the […]

Top Five Things That Remain Stable In Crisis

And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure – Isaiah 33:6 (KJV) If you are breathing, I need not go into detail about the situation in the world.  It seems all structure, routines and resources are in a constant state […]

Relating To Daily Life In Isolated Places

Self-absorption intensifies isolation, but permits it to go unnoticed. – Mason Cooley My husband and I prepared for our first trip to the grocery store in the new context of social distancing last week.  This included a supply of wet wipes saturated in alcohol in baggies, hand sanitizier, and yes, disposable gloves.  Focused on staying […]

How To Create A Strong Reading Habit

When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down on you. – unknown I had chosen the headline and content for this BLOG post long before the current “social distancing” due to the “COVID-19” situation.  However, I […]

Six Powerful Reasons To Love Fiction

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” ― G.K. Chesterton I have a dear friend, also a retired air traffic controller, who is now an author of fiction. We met recently for coffee to catch up, as we try to do several times a year.  Our visits inevitably turn to our various writing projects.  I admire […]