Mondays are for dreamers

Dean Wesley Smith quoted from Ingrid Bergman on Monday, applying the thought to the writer’s mindset. “Happiness is good health and a bad memory.” Smith encouraged writers to stop dwelling on things that have gone wrong — that is, develop a bad memory — and keep an eye on moving forward. I do spend aContinue reading “Mondays are for dreamers”

Every life is precious

If we teach kids that people are made in God’s image, each a unique individual to be treated with care and respect, then we teach them to be gentle and loving and caring. If we teach kids that people are squishy targets and it’s fun to blow them away, then we teach them something else.Continue reading “Every life is precious”

Carpe diem

The book I was reading when the new year began was Take Back Your Time by Christy Wright, who advocates a five-step process that can be described as time management only as a shorthand. “Life management” may be more precise but that sounds a little too grandiose and controlling. Anyway, the five steps are: DecideContinue reading “Carpe diem”

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art

‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art Now there’s an April Fool’s Day headline if ever a wiz there was. Plan 9 From Outer Space is on plenty of lists of the worst movies ever made, and it IS a bit of a train wreck in many ways. But still … That opening lineContinue reading “‘Plan 9 From Outer Space’ and great art”

A mission statement worth living

While removing one pile of paper from among several on Sunday, I found a printout of something I have posted two or three times over the years as “Gandhi’s mission statement,” from the writings of Mahatma Gandhi. I think I originally discovered it among sample mission statements in a Franklin Planner, back when I didContinue reading “A mission statement worth living”