Hogwash Not Happenstance

Hogwash Not Happenstance

I grew up with little understanding about the importance of good nutrition. Not because my mother was delinquent, but rather because I did not care. There was a question I asked most every day around 4:00pm, "Mom, what are we having for dinner?" If the answer was pizza or stroganoff or tacos, I was content. If the answer was Borscht or liver or Chow Mein, I cringed. I had the good fortune to have a mother who worked at home (the common term back then was Housewife) and therefore she was usually Continue reading

The Antidote to the Venom of the Deadly Anaconda of Envy

The Antidote to the Venom of the Deadly Anaconda of Envy

I sense it moving before I see it. Its belly moves against the stone path in front of me silently and somewhat innocuously. I disregard it at first because in some respects it is unassuming and appears benign. But then the creature's lithe and slithery tail brushes against my cheek. I don't recoil because it feels good. The soft touch may be deceitful but it is pleasant; stroking my ego, provoking my pride, and then shamefully, lulling me into passivity. But then the Anaconda of Envy rises up to Continue reading

Mining Angry Rocks in order to Find True Treasure

Mining Angry Rocks in order to Find True Treasure

We bought our house a few years ago and it was a handyman's dream (or nightmare—depending on how much you like to work). While my husband attacked the inside (new floors, new walls, new plumbing, etc), the gardener in me longed to remove the rocks in the yard. I wanted to see flowers growing instead of beds of rock. The previous owners may have had good intent with their rock arrangements but any semblance of beauty had long ago departed. Out of the neglected rock beds grew hacked up stumps and Continue reading