• Economy,  Health

    The New Normal

    “If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” Unknown The world is under siege by an invisible threat that is overwhelming our medical community to the point where desperate measures are being taken to reduce the spread. Oddly enough, now that things are coming to pass I feel an odd sense of peace. I suspected that things would be seriously affected…

  • Health

    Kentucky’s Current Coronavirus Epicenter

    On March 6, 2020, my town received some disturbing news: Kentucky’s first Coronavirus patient was a resident of our area. The tragic part of this is, due to the draconian screening methods used, this person was refused the test for Coronavirus and sent home initially. Given her place of employment, we suspect she worked at her job until she returned…

  • Life

    Pheromones and Predators

    Back in the early 1980’s my dad brought home a new dog – and a changed viewpoint on animals. He had been out on the farm, sorting the cattle my uncle raised when, upon hearing a cacophony, he looked up to see what he thought was a little red fox being chased by a pack of dogs. Foxes are not…

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    Life

    Politically Incorrect, Morally Questionable, or Technically Illegal

    As I delved into this novel about a grandmother who stumbles upon something morally reprehensible while doing something illegal, it occurred to me that there are a range of topics that I’ve not allowed myself to discuss on this website. These are things that poor people do just to survive. They aren’t in it for profit; in fact, when their…

  • Life

    The Flood of FAKE

    This evening a friend of mine pried me away from my keyboard. She insisted that some new scenery might clear the cobwebs from my head. Our local McDonald’s had redecorated, replacing the “wall of smut” that I had held in affectionate disdain so she decided to show me the new theme they had chosen. Something felt off about the place.…

  • Life,  Security

    Are We Being Watched?

    I was born in an age where many people could not afford a telephone. An age where the Middle Class splurged for a Party Line (a single phone line shared between multiple households). One was considered wealthy if they could afford a phone at all, and only the “truly rich” could afford a private line or a long-distance phone call.…

  • Economy,  Life

    The World Doesn’t Care About Us

    We’ve been raised to believe that we live in a nation that cares about our well-being. We’ve been raised to believe that the land we call home is a place that we can trust. This is why, when our government passes laws that are supposed to be “for our benefit” that we might grumble, but we invariably comply. Our nation…

  • Food,  Health

    Are You Picky About Your Pots?

    I have owned my current set of pots and pans for longer than Katie has been alive. I am quite proud of these pots; it took quite a while to arrange for their purchase since they were far from cheap. I located them in one of those “seconds” stores that they have in malls occasionally; it is a place where…

  • Goals,  Happiness,  Life

    Do We Need to Establish Goals?

    Around the turn of each year the conversation tends to revolve around the establishment of goals. “What is your New Year’s Resolution?” seems to be the title of scores of new articles that proliferate this time of year. One major issue I have with this annual deluge is the fact that so very few posts ever discuss the why. Why…

  • Happiness,  Life

    Priorities

    Sam Hagin pointed out that we “all live for someone” on my last post. You are exactly correct, Sam. We all live for someone. We might live for family, we may live for friends, or we may live for a purpose we’ve set for ourselves. Or we may just live for ourselves. It doesn’t really matter in the end who…

  • Happiness,  Life,  Success

    You Have One Life

    Life is not like a video game. At the end, you can’t put more money into the machine to buy a do-over. Just one shot, one chance… …and then it’s gone. How do you want to spend this priceless resource? Do you want to spend it living someone else’s dream, or yours? Many of you are living someone else’s dream.…

  • Happiness,  Life,  self-improvement

    The Art of Embracing Change

    It is so easy to become stuck in a rut, to do the same things you’ve always done each and every day. Those ruts can be simple ones like grabbing a cup of coffee as soon as you wake up each morning to how you spend your time. While much has been written about how habits can make us more…

  • Goals,  Life,  Personal

    Update

    It has been hectic these past few weeks but I wanted to give you an update on my progress. I have finally reacquired my driver’s license and I may have a vehicle coming my way over the next few months, depending up how the negotiations work out. I have reached the next phase of correcting my dental issues, so in…

  • Finances,  Happiness,  Life,  Simplicity

    How to Live an Intentional Life

    It takes a bit of thought to sort through the chaos and programming to determine just how you want to live your life. My first trip down this path was simple in comparison. I had one goal I wanted to achieve. I wanted to be a stay-at-home single mother for my daughter, so I did what I had to do…

  • Happiness,  Life,  self-improvement,  Time management

    How Do You Spend Your Time?

    “To come but once into the World, and Trifle away our true Enjoyment of it, and of our selves in it, is lamentable indeed.” William Penn (1706). Some Fruits of Solitude, in reflections and maxims relating to the conduct of human life. These past few days I’ve had little to do but rest and think. It occurred to me that…

  • Life,  self-improvement,  Success

    Know Thyself

    “Knowing others is wisdom, knowing yourself is enlightenment.” Laozi When you start upon a journey, you must not only know where you are but where you want to go. Otherwise, you wont know which turns to make—or even realize if you have arrived at your destination. Life is the same way, yet many of us tend to wander aimlessly through…

  • Happiness,  Life

    Why Bad Things Happen

    The other evening I had a moment to chat with a young friend. This person needed to share the burden of some personal problems and wanted to seek my advice. In the course of the conversation it became apparent that my young friend was placing far too much importance on what, in the end, was a rather trivial situation. To…