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Quote of the Day

By on Apr 4, 2014 in One a Day, Post a Day 2014 | 0 comments

“It’s World Rat Day?”

“Rats are cute. Haven’t you ever had a pet rat?”

“Ya, in high school. We bred them, froze the babies, and fed them to the piranhas. Circle of Life”

Interjects another colleague, “Hakuna Matata!”

This week in photos

By on Mar 24, 2014 in One a Day, Post a Day 2014, Society at Large, This Week in Photos | 0 comments

This week in photos

By on Mar 17, 2014 in One a Day, Post a Day 2014, Society at Large | 0 comments

The Reading List

By on Mar 14, 2014 in One a Day, Post a Day 2014, Society at Large, The Reading List | 0 comments

And, for the next installment of “the reading list.” The last few weeks has found me contemplating things like… Are we looking at the wrong factors when considering health care? (“Hospital toilets offer clue about what’s wrong with US health care.“) According to Renner, we are. In his piece, he gives a surface glance at a solution of preventable care. So, imagine my surprise when I skim over to The Atlantic, to find what I had been reading in hard copy, and I come across Andy Hinds article describing the necessary ridiculousness of exercise (“Your Workout Looks Ridiculous“). Do you exercise? What is your favorite version? For my part, I always hope to do better at (as in restart the routines even) swimming, walking, and biking. These are all well and good – surface discussions into how we can create a more sustainable society by...

Daily Post (3/2): Places

By on Mar 11, 2014 in One a Day, Post a Day 2014, Society at Large | 0 comments

Beach, mountain, forest, or somewhere else entirely? This is my prompt. That’s it. No question to expand upon favorites, though it seems implied. But, perhaps it just means a place’s effect? No questions to set up a fictions scenario in any of these places. It leaves out indoor spaces, and I find that interesting. Immediately though, I do not think these questions. Immediately, I conjure up images and sounds. First, I see a gray sky, and I hear the waves crashing ashore. Their rhythmic pattern soothing any stress or angst I brought with me. And that image immediately conjures up a combination image of “mountain and forest” back to the days when my husband and would frequent that with Mt. Hood National Forest had to offer. We’re walking, and crunch go our boots along the groomed trails and fallen pine needles I breathe in the cool mountain air. I stop, I...

This week in photos

By on Mar 10, 2014 in Family, One a Day, Post a Day 2014, Relationships, Society at Large, The Balancing Act, This Week in Photos | 0 comments


By on Mar 9, 2014 in One a Day, Post a Day 2014, Relationships, Society at Large, The Balancing Act, The Business Side | 0 comments

Self-discovery, a life long process, trying to assess our strengths, our weaknesses, what sets us off, what sets us on fire… all to assess our place in this world, to figure out where we belong, what we should be doing, our best strategies in working with our families, our colleagues, our friends. In 2010-2011, I recall writing more about my observations of others’ reactions towards things. The last two or three years, I’ve been more inward, considering my reactions to things, events – past and present. So, from past to present – throughout my life, I’ve been prey to quizzes. Starting with the ones that appeared in  Seventeen magazine that later morphed into MySpace and Facebook. Now, the self discovery quizzes I take are in the form of reading about the Meyers Briggs (Please Understand Me I and II or learning all about the Enneagram) or they are found...

Welcome to My Point

By on Mar 8, 2014 in One a Day, Post a Day 2014, The Balancing Act | 0 comments

I sat at the back of the classroom. The fluorescent lights gave everyone a green pallor to their skin. You got used to the constant buzzing after years of conditioning. I liked sitting in the back. No one noticed me. This was both good and bad. No one noticed me, but then, I wasn’t teased or called out in front of anyone. I was invisible. I sat next to a nice girl, and two more popular girls sat in front of me. We were a cacophony of big hair and vibrant colors. French rolled jeans were now out of favor, and wide legs were coming back. This was the 90s. And, I was in 8th grade. The home room teacher was one of the science teachers. There was a closet that adjoined the two corner science classrooms. And the rumor was that the Mr. Caruthers (married) and Ms. Holden (divorced) were conducting a secret love affair in the closet. Before attendance was taken, Jill turned around,...

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