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The Habits of Our Minds

Most of the humans I know tend to be lazy–not in action, but in our thinking. From the earliest days we develop an outlook on places,  events, people–on life in general–that becomes habitual to the point where we become stuck. We become rooted in specific thought patterns. This is how bigots, misogynists, and other prejudices are created.Read More

Decisions

“To be or not to be”

That is the question, isn’t it? If Prince Hamlet had shown more decisiveness a whole string of tragedies could have been avoided. And that is the lesson Shakespeare was illustrating with this famous tale. I think perhaps we all find ourselves in this situation at some point or other in our lives. (Maybe some people never get past it. What a miserable life they must lead, always blowing in the wind.)

Indecisiveness is a bitch. It always comes from fear. Fear of what will happen if we choose A. Fear of what will happen if we choose B instead. Sometimes the consequences are minuscule, sometimes they are catastrophic. (Again, Hamlet, and a number of dead people).Read More

Blizzard!

We are experiencing what the weather folk like to call a blizzard. Sustained winds of thirty-plus miles an hour with gusts to fifty (yes, FIFTY!) mph and blowing snow. It’s not very pleasant out there and my heart bleeds for the animals whose owners haven’t made adequate provision for them.

You’ve seen them–the dogs left outside to fend for themselves, the lone horse standing in a windswept field with no shelter. I get quite militant whenever I see this abusive treatment of creatures who are in our care. Makes me want to chain the owner out in their yard and see how they like it. Or force them to stand in the teeth of the storm with no shelter.Read More