Tag Archives: anxiety

When Your World Tilts on Its Axis

I didn’t think Donald Trump could win. I was wrong. I held my view for two reasons. First, I didn’t believe the country would elect someone with such apparently extreme viewpoints. I was wrong     Second, the pollsters said … Continue reading

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Unplugging

Unplugging had a strange effect on me. Before I left for my favorite B&B on the shore of Lake Michigan, I left greetings on my business and personal cell phones that I would not be returning calls for a week. … Continue reading

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Planning Ahead: Does it Reduce or Increase Worry?

The Hardship of Accounting Never ask of money spent Where the spender thinks it went. Nobody was ever meant To remember or invent What he did with every cent. -Robert Frost Recently I caught some interest in attending a three … Continue reading

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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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How does cooking lead to neuroscience?

I was making stew. I substitute turkey breast for beef to make it more heart healthy. I reduce the rosemary called for by the recipe. I like the smell of pine; the taste not so much. I compensate by adding … Continue reading

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Do You Have a Damn Breaker?

Sometimes I get stuck. I can’t seem to move forward with a goal or even several goals. I think about them in round robin fashion: Well, I want to submit more short stories to publishers, but I want to paint … Continue reading

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You Are Here

Stephen Crane, a nineteenth century novelist and poet wrote: A man said to the universe  “Sir, I exist.” “However,” replied the universe “The fact has not created in me “A sense of obligation.” When I was a teenager, I thought … Continue reading

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Are You There, George?

Several actors have played God. They include Charlton Heston (1990), Alanis Morissette (1999), Morgan Freeman (2003). Charlton Heston had some previous experience having played Moses and John the Baptist. God has a range of personalities: stern (Heston), whimsical (Morissette), genial … Continue reading

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My GPS Has an Anxiety Disorder

“In one mile turn left at North Avenue. Then keep left.”   Her voice is calm and steady, full of authority. I usually do what she says. Sometimes I want to do it my way. I turn left when she says … 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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