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”

The power of hope

The times you are least sure it’s going to be all right are when you most need to hear it. “It’s going to be all right.” Even if the words anger you because they fly in the face of the reality you can see and feel, somewhere deep inside is a spark of hope. WeContinue reading “The power of hope”

After the climax

“What now?” After what had just happened, the question — a quiet explosion from somewhere in the back — seemed out of place. Wasn’t that enough? Did something else have to come next? But it was a good question. Everything was going to be different now, and the difference would be profound. What now? WhatContinue reading “After the climax”

Like it or not

I am unduly influenced by the Like button. I suspect we all are. I notice when a blog post or Facebook link gets more Likes or fewer Likes or no Likes at all. It affects me, I think, when I consider writing, or at least posting, similar material. This, even though I don’t trust analytics.Continue reading “Like it or not”

I think there’s more to the Think Method than thinking

Someone tried to diss the power of positive thinking again the other day. Oh, bother. You can’t think your way out of a jam, the commentator commentated. Having a realistic view of life is the only way to go, the writer said. When life sucks, you can’t de-suck it by thinking happy thoughts.  The moreContinue reading “I think there’s more to the Think Method than thinking”

Because we are alive

Facebook reminds me every year that this is what I wrote toward the end of 2016. It’s always a nice reminder because it is always true, in this year — when we lost John Madden, Desmond Tutu, Phil Spector, Hank Aaron, Christopher Plummer, Rush Limbaugh, Michael Nesmith, Lloyd Price, Jim Steinman, Charles Grodin, Ned Beatty,Continue reading “Because we are alive”

Days of blank pages

The musician famously said, “When I miss a day of practice, I notice. When I miss two days, the critics notice. When I miss three days, the audience notices.” Miss too many more days, and you almost have to start over again. The momentum — gained by weeks, months, or years of daily practice —Continue reading “Days of blank pages”

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