One of my favorite movies of all time is Amadeus. In my essay, “Music and Beer, (p. 60)” I talk at length about being taken to see that movie by my music teacher when I was a young child, and how the movie began my love affair with classical music and my adoration of the … More Composers, Comparisons and a Light bulb
“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.” ― Mahatma Gandhi This is Holy Week. For many Christians, it is a time of reflection and solemness about the amazing sacrifice that Jesus paid for our sins. I will make it personal, since I know all of … More Jesus Loves Me…Oh Yes He Does
Always Do Your Best. Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick. Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse and regret. -Miguel Angel Ruiz I am just recovering from a bad cold and sinus infection. … More I Have Been Sick…and That Sucks
“Where is that written contract you signed before birth promising that you’d be perfect, that you’d never fail, and that your life would go absolutely the way you want it to?” -Kristin Neff Some people call it the devil, negativity, a Gremlin, or the little guy with the pitchfork. I’ve even heard someone refer to … More Self Compassion Gets the TKO – Revisiting Gazoo
“Compassion literally means ‘to suffer with,’ which implies a basic mutuality in the experience of suffering. The emotion of compassion springs from the recognition that the human experience is imperfect.” -Kristin Neff I don’t know anyone who wants to suffer. But the plain truth is that suffering is an element of every person’s life. I … More Can You Suffer With Me?
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson As I look forward to the new year, I am usually reflective on a theme for the year. For the year 2011, my theme was courage. I took many brave chances in that year including writing several essays … More It Was a Healing, Imperfect, and Surrendering Year
I came across this book called, Perfect Daughters: Adult Daughters of Alcoholics about a year and a half ago…towards the beginning of my recovery. It’s a book that has been around for awhile and is written by Dr. Robert J. Ackerman. I thought the subject as well as the title was fascinating. The author explores the Adult … More Sort of a Book Review/More Personal Experience: Perfect Daughters
Every normal person, in fact, is only normal on the average. His ego approximates to that of the psychotic in some part or other and to a greater or lesser extent. -Sigmund Freud If you want to know a way to make me really upset, simply respond to any challenge or problem that I’m having … More Normal, Unique, & Crazy
“Practice having fun until fun becomes fun.” – Melody Beattie For some reason, I had been struggling with what to write on the topic of fun. Perhaps it’s because I often struggle with letting go and having fun in my own life. So this post will be as much for me as it will be … More Let’s Take a Fun Inventory! It’s Good Practice
“The healthiest response to life is joy.” –Deepak Chopra I usually begin my topics for the month by defining the terms that I will be talking about. But I realized that for the purposes of talking about joy, happiness, fun, and laughter, reaching for the dictionary to define these topics may not be the best … More Happy happy? or Joy joy?