Still Quite High On Life

I'm high a lot of the time.  Not with the aid of drugs, but on the quartet of "happy chemicals" that flow naturally in all of us: Dopamine, Serotonin, Oxytocin, and Endorphins.  My favorites are the elusive endorphins, which aren't all that easy to get, but have the best payoff by far. Last night I … Continue reading Still Quite High On Life


Did You Have To Be There?

Last night I shared a bold and possibly ridiculous-sounding statement with my 27 year-old daughter.  I told her that a certain song became a defining influence in my life.  She already knew which one. I'd recently watched a video in which award winning British broadcaster and composer Howard Goodall CBE examined The Beatles' music.  He … Continue reading Did You Have To Be There?

Thriving, In Spite of the Hordes

I think most of us were intimidated as we entered high school, sizing up all the social situations, cautious, but in hopes of making new friends.  I remember strong peer influences trying to dictate who I should like or dislike.  Any kids who were different were obvious targets.  But there were less-obvious people who deserved … Continue reading Thriving, In Spite of the Hordes