Month: January 2013

Reputation Robbery

I have been injured. A repugnant robber, without even the courage of a mugger, hiding behind the anonymity of the Internet in foreign countries has injured me.  Riding on my reputation, with resolute wickedness, this degenerate wretch has dispatched millions of emails to countless innocent recipients around the world pretending to be me.  Attempting to...

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Homeless Hopelessness (Part 1)

I am reading a disturbing book. I do not usually pick this type of reading material.  My general ‘go to’ books tend to those written by L.M. Montgomery, Jane Austen and Dorothy Canfield Fisher. You finish them smiling. On the non-fiction front, I recently loved Moonwalking with Einstein, which stimulated my thought processes. Disturbing books...

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Touching Me Touching You

Sweet Caroline sung Neil Diamond, and like any newly dating couple, he knew that something significant changes the instant he touches her hair or she touches his arm.  Even a respected associate’s hand on the shoulder or the social kiss on the cheek sends a subtle signal of intimacy.  We should understand both the potency...

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Still Mothering

My baby came home. O.k., as a third year medical student, he isn’t technically a baby. He isn’t even technically my baby as three younger sisters arrived after him. And he only came home for four days. But any mother reading this knows what I’m feeling. There seems to be so little I can do...

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Forty Fractured Years…and Counting

Do you remember the days when you weren’t supposed to bring up religion or politics in polite company? They are long gone, perhaps because there is almost nothing that affects our lives these days (including the weather) that doesn’t fall into one of those categories. Most meaningful matters seem to fall into both. As we...

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The Chimp and I

Several readers have notified us that someone is using our Thought Tools format for Internet spam.  According to our investigators they are trying to piggy-back on our credibility to sell a worthless book on choosing babies gender.  If you received such spam, we are sorry for the inconvenience and are working to make this impossible...

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The Grandeur of the Grind

You do it.  I do it.  We all do it. We find ways to avoid doing those tasks in our lives that will really make a difference.  They might be unpleasant, hard, boring, perhaps even frightening.  Often, they are the very ones we have to identify and tackle. There are the parents whose toddler is...

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Of Suds and Citizenship

This may not be culture threatening, but I couldn’t find my notebook this morning. Despite increasing reliance on my computer, I am still partial to the college-ruled notebooks that are available for about ten cents apiece during August back-to-school sales. Having started a new one yesterday it was particularly irksome that it wasn’t in its...

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The Severed Flower

If I cut a beautiful flower off its plant and bring it indoors, I seem to have done a clever thing. No longer need I step outside to enjoy the bright colors and intoxicating fragrance  – it’s right there on my desk. However, the next day I notice the flower is less colorful and its...

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Downsizing the Bill of Rights

  Maybe I’m telling you something you already know, but I just discovered a disturbing trend. With an empty nest, my supermarket shopping tends to be light these days. As such, I treat it as a welcome break in my schedule, a chance to chat with neighbors and be away from the computer. Today, however,...

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