The Pursuit Of Happiness

At a recent session with my psych-girl, she closed with three "suggestions": Lower your expectations Reduce your drinking Censor yourself Is there a better prescription for unhappiness? Or is it one for happiness? Christopher Hitchens once said: It's not true that you shouldn't drink alone; these can be the happiest glasses you ever drain. I … Continue reading The Pursuit Of Happiness

Unemployment, skills, & the résumé

During this time of "shelter-in-place" and forced unemployment, why not take advantage and reflect upon your skills? And, prepare a résumé? Start sending them out, because this will end, and you'll want to "hit-the-ground-running". This is a great opportunity to reflect and refocus. Trust me. Phases and stages  of life (according to me; and this will make … Continue reading Unemployment, skills, & the résumé

Social distancing

And then what happened is a long story. Fictionalized in my novels. For me: With and without periods of social isolation, contact, and psychoanalysis. It all depends upon this (what is) and what is not. And who. I'm digging this social distancing. Less traffic. Less confusion. Just that (social contact) which is necessary. What is necessary … Continue reading Social distancing

Snowbound, screens, & self care

On the cusp of the New Hampshire primary, here in Colorado I've been snowbound. It has snowed six of the last eight days. Back-in-the-day (forty-nine years ago to the day), such a barrage of snow would not have fazed me. In fact it would have invigorated me. Then, I was living in a cabin in … Continue reading Snowbound, screens, & self care

Books, bookstores, and bookshelves

Books, bookstores, and bookshelves could certainly be a book in itself. So where and when to begin? I may be the foremost expert on the subject. Because in my life I have been a reader, builder, seller, writer, and teacher - all at a high level. When I was three my father would read to … Continue reading Books, bookstores, and bookshelves

My Year-end Inventory

My Year-end Inventory is something I've been doing ever since I began journaling daily twenty years ago, in 1999. My journal began with a Christmas present from my father: Morning Pages Journal. I'll tell ya - neither he nor I had any idea the wildfire that simple gift would ignite. Twenty years ago today A … Continue reading My Year-end Inventory

Thinking of drinking, part II

My History Briefly, some personal history with regard to me and my relationship with drinking. It wasn't my idea, my parents were only social drinkers, not even everyday drinkers - it was my next-door neighbor and friend's idea (shout out to Joey D). It was right about the time of President Kennedy's assassination, 1963, and … Continue reading Thinking of drinking, part II