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RIP OFF YOUR STRAIGHTJACKET, WILL YA?!

Seriously, it’s time to unbuckle the wretched thing once and for all. You know that “straightjacket.” It’s the one we strap around ourselves just about every day. Its buckles and straps are made up of our insistence on outlining, categorizing, detailing, and meticulously reviewing our flaws, weaknesses, shortcomings and “just not good enough” assessments of… read more

NO MAN IS AN ISLAND…

A young friend of ours named Mark died unexpectedly recently. I didn’t know him extremely well but what I knew I liked a lot. He wasn’t a business mogul or some big deal athlete or a renowned actor. But he had something just as special: A delightful personality that was full of life and positive energy –… read more

BEIN’ GREEN

                                                                                BEIN’ GREEN Kermit the Frog sang, “It’s not easy being green…” But boy, if there… read more

THOSE DAMN YANKEES – I’ll ALWAYS LOVE ‘EM…

THOSE DAMN YANKEES – I’ll ALWAYS LOVE ‘EM… I’ll  really will. I ought to. I’ve sure had enough contact with them – some in real life – some in pretend life – like on the stage… First the “on the stage part:” It was my senior year in college – at  an all-girls school in… read more

BETTER THAN SHE’S EVER BEEN…

BETTER THAN SHE’S EVER BEEN…  “I betcha Spring is best this year  Better than she’s ever been Or tried to be… Like warmer and wearing a great big grin   And full of gin….and tonic.    I betcha she comes swingin’ in  Takes a bow, does a spin,  Then holds her pose and waits…  … read more

“IF I KNOW YOU ARE COMING AT FOUR… AT THREE I BEGIN TO BE HAPPY”

“IF I KNOW YOU ARE COMING AT FOUR… AT THREE I BEGIN TO BE HAPPY”  For decades, I’ve loved those words from The Little Prince, the enchanting novella written and illustrated in 1943 by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, the French aristocrat, writer, poet and pioneering aviator. I first read it, one of the best-selling books ever published, when I was a sophomore… read more

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE…

JUST THE WAY YOU ARE…   Do you remember “Mr. Roger’s Neighborhood?” (Most people simply referred to it as “Mr. Rogers.”) It was a beloved children’s television series created and hosted by Fred Rogers and ran on a multitude of public television networks including PBS, from 1966 to 2001.    Our older daughter, Kate, who started watching it when she was about… read more

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE…

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE… It is. And we are “players” on it – however reluctant, at times. But maybe that’s because we make it – being a “player” – harder than it needs to be. I hear what I call “negative typecasting” from people just about every day. “I”m not the ‘creative type.’” “I’m not the… read more

SHE’S THE ONE WHO….

SHE’S THE ONE WHO…. How often, when we introduce someone, do we actually say who they are? I don’t mean what they do, I mean who they are.  If I’m any example, not all that often. I heard myself introduce someone to a friend the other day by saying, “Hank, I’d like you to meet my friend, Barbara.” That was it. Hank was left holding… read more

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SHOES

IT’S NOT ABOUT THE SHOES Every now and then life hands us the chance to define our- selves. These moments-sometimes big, more often, little-usually don’t come all gift wrapped with fanfare and hoopla. Of course, the big ones are pretty easy to spot. The little ones, well, they’re pretty easy to miss. And the thing… read more