Category: the art of living

On a Serious Note

  I’ve been depressed for a while. What month is it? Midway through March? Yes, a while. I couldn’t figure out why. I slipped into a funk sometime after the holidays. I couldn’t put my finger on what’s been at the root of bumming me out so much. […]

Ballroom Blitz, Keep Calm

Photo of a woman drinking tea after a bombing raid in London during the Blitz (no copyright infringement intended.) Link.ย  Yesterday, (when I started writing this),I purposely, and purposefully, sequestered myself from all “news” related items until the early evening. While tending to a few chores, I decided […]

AMC’s The Walking Dead

If you’ve never seen AMC’s post apocalyptic series “The Walking Dead”, and you think you might want to check it out but, you don’t want to know anything that’s going to happen on that show, STOP reading this post right here. I’m going to speak freely about this […]

On This Valentines Day

  One of the most wonderful things within the many fine and good examples that Bruce Lee left us with, is his example of inclusiveness. Despite being met with prejudice throughout his life, he seemed to hold no such feelings in his own heart. He continuously broke with […]

Saint Joan

I’ve fallen in love with the work of Joan Didion. Her observations on life, her dealings with grief, with the death of both her husband and her daughter within two years of one another, her belief in the value of introspection, of sorting ones own thoughts, arranging them […]

Can You Hear the Quiet?

I’ve been doing some serious thinking about the world lately. Can you hear the quiet? This serious thinking isn’t a new thing for me. This bout of thinking began with the drug induced suicide of a rock star. I’m referring to it as drug induced because we’ll never […]

Proofs, Poems, Healing, and Hope

Up early this morning, though I don’t generally make it a habit to discuss my habits. There was, however, a great write up recently about how author Megan Abbott spends her Sundays.( You can read that here. ) What I loved about this piece is that as a […]

Terpsichore Meets the Wolfman

The other day I was watching a clip from a Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers vehicle…   …Top Hat, 1935. I don’t know how old I was when I first watched one of these extravaganzas. When I was in my teens here in the valley, there really wasn’t […]

Tea.

Maybe this is a Southern thing, having a pitcher of iced tea in the refrigerator at all times. What I do know is that I grew up with this and over the years many people have asked me how to make “Iced Tea.” ย ย ย ย ย  What this gets called […]