I believe that most people don't know themselves. They either think very highly of themselves and tend to overlook all their shortcomings, or they dwell mostly on the negative aspects. I've always felt as if know myself, and I've wondered why many people don't. But lately I've been wondering: Am I really the person I … Continue reading Do We Really Know Who We Are?
I've never heard any great arguments as to why it's bad to tell children "No". I agree that it's not helpful to say "No" if you don't really mean it. Many different methods are used by parents who prefer not to follow through. The most common approach I've seen over the years is the old … Continue reading Squish Or Squash?
It was a long climb up a winding single-track trail about an hour before sunset. Our ride leader was talking "bike talk" with the rider behind him. An obsessive mountain biker, the guy is in great shape and was chatting away the whole ascent. In order for the sound to reach the trailing rider, he … Continue reading Talking To The Bike Snobs
"The Key To Success Is Self-Discipline". Kind of an old-fashioned concept from an ancient company. But my two adult daughters admired my work key ring, so I found two more before I retired. It's always nice to see these tokens of yesteryear all together again. They were worried about what to do for me for … Continue reading Weekend Worth Remembering
I have come across many blog posts on social anxiety, and lately I’ve taken the time to read a few. I find it interesting, yet I've tended to gloss over my own insecurities, which for years I have all but ignored. Reading about other people’s discomfort has triggered memories of similar struggles in my own … Continue reading Social Anxiety (Getting Out Of My Own Head)
I care about Saturdays again. I just finished my first week as a contractor, doing the exact same thing with the same company. Working out of the house is something I've always wanted to try, and I think I like it. Of course, I have mixed feelings about returning to work after a year of … Continue reading Plugging Back In
I had to get drug-tested yesterday to be welcomed back into the company where I spent 37.62 years before retiring last year. The job recruiter actually said to me, "It's just the same process as what you probably did last time you applied for a job. You have no idea how I wanted to go … Continue reading What A World!
I don't think it will be nuclear war that wipes out most of the world's population, as I imagined back in the 80's. Much more likely would be a pandemic coming out of left field, cooked up by either Mother Nature (remember the plague?) or accidentally released by a bumbling biological warfare engineering lab. But … Continue reading Vaporized by X-15
In this blog I normally try to stay on “the sunny side of the street”. But life is not always clear and cloudless. It’s been a challenge to write on this subject, and I have written and re-written this post many times. I even published it once but ended up deleting it after a short … Continue reading When A Friendship Runs It’s Course
Here's an update to my thoughtful readers who might be interested, and also to share my experiences with fellow bloggers who experience ocular migraines. I'm not referring to severe or cluster headaches. In this post I'm only referring to ocular migraine "aura", which in my case, no longer occurs with painful headaches. I've experienced migraine … Continue reading Following up with Dr. Google Again