Category: Living

Hope for the Future

What should one teach kids? When I first began teaching, I knew I had to teach my students English. It was what I had been hired to do after all. The details of how were left up to me. I could have proceeded by explaining the rules and helping them apply the rules, expanding their [...]

A Letter From War

We had just finished driving 12 to 13 hours from our little home town of Marion through vast city scapes in Canada to an even more vast wilderness. Restless and weary …but also anticipating something we had never seen before. That is…. my brother and I ….had never seen before. Maine…. beautiful. It was a [...]

Mitch Albom

I enjoy reading Mitch’s books. They make me feel good about the life I have lived, and at the same time they challenge me to live with more enthusiasm and passion. If you’re looking for inspiration, look no further. SC Part melodrama and part parable, Mitch Albom’s The Five People You Meet in Heaven [...]

Anne Lamott

Bird by Bird. This is a book for writers, but it also a book for those lovers of life. I was lost in it, loving her humorous and honest way of revealing what she has learned in her life and about writing. No writer should miss it. SC From Publishers Weekly Lamott’s ( Operating Instructions [...]

Lessons Learned 2

It’s been a long time since I met a smelly girl. How do they do that? I know they aren’t born that way, but it seems that they can run three miles and still smell like flowers or fruit. A good book is worth reading twice. And the older you get, the more it seems [...]

What Would Make You Happy? (Part III)

What would make you happy? It’s a good question, worth asking yourself more than once in your lifetime. And there are million good answers. I’ve even encouraged you to change the circumstances of your life the past two articles so that you can be happy more often. And I’ve been somewhat misleading in the process. [...]

Immediate Pleasure, Part II

I love buffets. Not only do I like the wide variety of tastes a buffet offers, I like being able to eat as much of my favorite tastes as I desire. I have always preferred Chinese buffets. I like that style of cooking, the mixing of vegetables and meats and sauces in a blend that [...]

Sitting In a Bad Place, Part 1

Every so often, I find myself in a bad place. I’m not talking about a dark alley with flashing neon lights and a lurking group of terribly muscled motorcyle men with crowbars and gold teeth. I’m talking about a bad place physically, or a bad place emotionally, even a bad place financially. Sometimes I find [...]

The Rare and Wonderful

I was four when I started getting an allowance. Every Sunday my mother would give me a quarter before we left the drug store (which back then was a drug store, toy store, and grocery store all in one — a precursor to Walmart and Sam’s club). I stood in front of all the candy [...]

Are You Running On Automatic?

By Knight Pierce Hirst What a difference a day makes – unless you’re going through life on automatic. Scientists are no help. They say we shouldn’t sleep late even if we have the chance. Supposedly not getting up at the same time every day has a negative effect on our biorhythms. Obviously, those scientists don’t [...]