Christmas Traveling

Patience.  That’s the best thing I can recommend at this point.  Unless you’re driving out of a metropolitan area between 1am and 4am there will be traffic and you will be in the middle of it (physics and statistics not withstanding.  This is a magical season, after all).  So be patient.  I know that they…

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This is just one moment

Ok, so your back hurts, your wrist hurts, you’re tired, you’re harried, you’re hectic, you’re frustrated…..you get the picture. Just remember, this is just one moment in time.  When it all feels like it’s crashing down on you and you are at your wit’s end, this is jut one moment in time.  There will be…

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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. …

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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.  However greed…

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What about me?

Christmas time is supposed to be about love and giving and coming together and sharing and…well you get the idea.  And it is.  But it is also a time when a spot light is shown on those situations where that is not the case.  When everyone is supposed to be happy and hanging out with…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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.  Ain’t technology grand?  And then there are Christmas and/or Hannukah.  For this you’ll need…

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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.  Media uses this as well, as…

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