Category Archives: Plain and Simple Advice

Stuff I think will help you right away.

Silent Night by Christmas.

That was the goal I set when I started violin lessons in September: be able to play Silent Night by Christmas. The Christmas season arrived and Silent Night was there, still shaky, but hopeful. I had to make good on … Continue reading

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Listen to Your Dreams

Just holding the damn violin correctly is a bitch. Other instruments that I have attempted to learn were nothing like this; the ukulele, pick it up and strum. Even the piano is easier though there are a lot more strings … Continue reading

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Sometimes the Universe Does Not Behave as it Should

I find that life is full of crappy inconveniences that crank up my emotions. The words that usually fit are “this is not fair” , “why me”, or “how can they be so stupid?” Yes, I am sure the universe spends inordinate amounts of time trying to annoy me. Continue reading

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Life Sucks, Doesn’t it?

Sometimes people say, “you are choosing to be depressed.” It’s insulting to people who feel depressed. Who would choose to be depressed? Life can be depressing at times. It can make you feel low, worthless, hopeless, all kinds of bad … Continue reading

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You Wanna Butt Heads With Me?

Goats are the gentlest of souls. Yet, sometimes, even the nicest, easy going goat needs to say “Stop messing with me!” Anger gets a bad rap because often people go overboard. They think that expressing anger means yelling, calling names, … Continue reading

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What does The Bible say about Anxiety?

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds … Continue reading

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Afraid of Intimacy? God, Who Isn’t?

I was hosting a group of friends for the evening. As they arrived, one of them noticed my ukulele sitting against a wall. Without permission, he picked it up and started playing it. I smiled like it was okay because … Continue reading

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What Don’t Kill You …

You know the cliché: “What don’t kill you makes you stronger.” Sounds really wise. It’s meant to buck people up when something goes wrong or they are having a rough time. The problem is, much of the time, it isn’t … Continue reading

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Can You Be Virtually Fearless?

The answer is yes, and no. No, you can probably never get rid of all your fears. Yes, you can stop letting your fears control your actions. And yes, you can feel less afraid and anxious. There are two approaches. … Continue reading

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The Difference Between Sixty-three and Twenty-three.

The dune was a few dozen yards from the beach. The locals call it “The Big Hill” as it is the largest sand dune along the shore of Lake Michigan near St Joseph.  The water of the lake was crystal … Continue reading

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