Winter Solstice

I enjoy observing the Winter Solstice as a way to mark the changing of the year.  For me it’s the shortest day of the year and for my friends in the Southern Hemisphere it’s the longest.  So officially, from today onwards, the days get longer and there is more and more light to be enjoyed. …Details

Greed

We think of greedy people as wrong and bad and possibly evil.  We see them as hurting others to get what they want, disregarding everything in their path.  We have images of them as twisted and angry looking, hunched over with eyes that bore through you trying to get to what they want. …Details

Silver Linings

There comes a point where you are grasping at straws.  When you know there are things to be grateful for, but you are just so beaten down, and rightfully so, that you have moved beyond the ability to voice gratitude.  When you get past the, “Wow, I survived it” and you look at the aftermath and what you will need to do to get on with gettin’ on, it’s less about gratitude and more about trying to find any silver lining that you can, even if it’s just a bit of black humor.…Details

Liminal Moments

Having our days spent focusing on the day-to-day stuff of life can seem pretty mundane, but when you think about it, it keeps us fairly sane.  If you look at those people who don’t think about the mundane, but focus on the structure of life and all it’s implications, you get saints, martyrs, philosophers, and insanity, just to tick off a few categories. …Details

It’s the little stuff

You know, it’s the big catastrophic stuff we worry about, but it’s the little stuff that snows us under like death from a thousand cuts.  I don’t stay awake at night worrying about Occupy WallStreet and all the hundreds of Occupy groups that are out there, or the threat of Nuclear disaster, or the threat of the 1% making life unbearable. …Details

Traditions

The holidays are full of them.  Halloween with costumes, and decorations, haunted houses, pumpkin carving, corn mazes, and trick-or-treat.  Thanksgiving with family gathering, traditional food items, and traditional bickering over football vs shopping, or football while shopping, or shopping while football. …Details

Perceptions

Our perceptions are influenced by the input to our senses, including the reactions and opinions of others.  Marketing is based on this, trying to repeat their message often enough that you come to accept their message as reality or part of the way in which you perceive the world. …Details

Humor

A sense of humor is so very necessary during the holidays.  If we can’t laugh at the absurdity of it all, we’ll be crushed by the insanity.  That’s why I love David Sedaris.  Ironic, sarcastic, and yet so very, very funny because it’s outrageous and at the same time it’s all true.…Details