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Troubles

Getting caught in a spider’s web is often how troubles feel.

We all have them. Troubles come in all sizes, shapes, and intensities. Sometimes we get caught in the blast radius of another person’s troubles. Sometimes we are standing at ground zero. After decades of roaming this Earth and dealing with my share of troubles it has finally occurred to me that we need them.Read More

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

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