new year’s revolution

Here’s something I wrote nine years ago, in 1995. I was in the midst of changing direction in my life, and while I knew instinctively that the results would be very good — and even though I’d faced and conquered big change before — it was scary to take those first steps. Big shifts and […]

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fear

I’ve been seeing trailers for the upcoming movie, “White Noise,” and while the premise appeals to me, I have no interest in the way the story has been developed; at least, I have no interest in what the trailers tell me the movie is about. Granted, I’ve not read a script or even anything more […]

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Pay It Forward (Catherine Ryan Hyde)

Pay It Forward Catherine Ryan Hyde Pocket Books ISBN: 0743412028 If I hadn’t had anything else on my plate, I would have read Catherine Ryan Hyde’s Pay It Forward straight through. Even so, I pushed some things off and shuffled the schedule around in order to make time for reading. I had seen the movie […]

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small-mindedness

Last night, I dreamt that I was in attendance at a very large “open house” at a local church. There was music, lots of flowers and candles, and many members of the church on hand to greet guests from the community. With its massive columns and other classical features, the church itself looked as though […]

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the futon life

I’ve had an interesting e-mail exchange this afternoon with a friend in the Bay Area. What started out as a conversation about an orphan deer being adopted by a large dog, grew into a discussion about the joys of sleeping on a futon mattress. After I clicked “send” on the last installment in this e-mail […]

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without a coat

It’s official. I’m an Oregonian. Even though it’s only 36 degrees F outside today, I was one of those annoying people running around without a jacket. Just the other day, when it was perhaps a few degrees warmer, I insisted upon taking my winter jacket with me on the train ride into downtown, even though […]

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scarlet o’hara

This Thanksgiving holiday the AMC channel has been airing “Gone With the Wind” — a classic, and one of my favorite movies. Sure, it’s long, the music is cheesy (as is some of the acting), and it’s rife with stereotypes. But I still remember when my parents let me stay up late to see it […]

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