The virtue of patience, & trying to cultivate it…

I think we've all seen the phrase "patience is a virtue" at some point, and it's been said often enough that it's rather passe, or said as a kind of "shut up and stop bothering me" statement toward someone who is mimicking a pressure cooker around you. Well, I wish like hell I could figure … Continue reading The virtue of patience, & trying to cultivate it…

When negativity gets you to vacillate between numbness & catastrophizing, & then throws you overboard…

My entire past week has been something for my mental record books regarding bad behavior (toward myself). Cue a mysterious ailment and I've gone off the deep end. I'm sitting here now, trying to just breathe in and sip a bit of 7Up to settle my messed up stomach after a week of terrible eating … Continue reading When negativity gets you to vacillate between numbness & catastrophizing, & then throws you overboard…

In spite of everything, we’ve had some crazy beautiful weather out there…

I had to remind myself of that. So. Damned. Many. Times. Too many. I was feeling tired, worn down, depressed, annoyed, headachy, and just trying to find something--anything--to do. I didn't wanna clean house, and it was a bit hot outside so I didn't take the dogs out right away when I got home. Rather, … Continue reading In spite of everything, we’ve had some crazy beautiful weather out there…

#073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

(image from The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust) I first started thinking about this a few days ago when in the midst of my very-long depression article, because I probably watched the trailer for the documentary Won't You Be My Neighbor? four or five times that morning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FhwktRDG_aQ It's not playing in my neck of the woods … Continue reading #073–What Would Mister Rogers Say (or Do) If He Were Here Today?

#069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

I was doing wrapping up a stream of consciousness writing assignment (my faithful wastebasket next to me so I can hock up my lungs a bit at a time), writing away when it hit me. Could this be a psychosomatic issue? Can you get cold/flu/whatever-like symptoms in order to avoid something? My mind-body connection seems … Continue reading #069–Why is it EVERY TIME I take actual steps to make positive changes in my life, I suddenly get sick?

How to Win Friends & Influence People (special anniversary ed.), by Dale Carnegie

My Copy: 9780671027032 Of all the books I have, this is one of the handful that if someone asked to borrow it, I'd fork it over even without a guarantee of return. It's THAT necessary and THAT good a book--too good to hoard like gold, even if that's what it is to a clueless introvert like … Continue reading How to Win Friends & Influence People (special anniversary ed.), by Dale Carnegie