Archive for May, 2006

How to Quit Writing

Last week, I decided to quit writing. Tired of rejection, tired of being a slave to words and phrases, I decided it was time I straightened out my life. So I quit. Cold turkey! I cleared off my desk, shut down the computer, shoved all my discs and hard copies into the file cabinet, locked [...]

Civilization and Laziness

Egypt was the wonder of the ancients. They advanced, built pyramids, penned hieroglyphics, and performed medical wonders. But they got lazy, their slaves left, and Egypt declined. Rome was glorious. It was built upon the blood of great men. At the height of their civilized glory, Rome got complacent and lazy. They ate themselves from [...]

Growing Old

Growing old can be a terrible thing. I hate watching people around me grow old. I like to remember them as they were when I was younger, and they were younger. When I was a wee tot, my father was Superman. He could heft a couch with one hand while he cut down a tree [...]

You are always saying no to something.

by Bobbi Kahler I used to be one of those people who could never say “no” to anyone. Then one day it occurred to me that I was making choices. Every time I said “yes” out of obligation, I was saying “no” to something else; and, often, what I was saying “no” to was more [...]

The Art of Cherry Blossom Viewing

I received two emails from old friends in Japan recently. They wrote to tell me of the cherry blossoms, a Japanese season -yes, the cherry blossom season – and how beautiful they were. The truth is, from personal experience, the cherry blossoms are always beautiful. One friend wrote: “The cherry blossoms have fallen in last [...]