Winter Blahs and SAD

One of the best Christmas parties I ever attended was in the middle of January. I was living in North Carolina at the time and an ice storm knocked out power for nearly a week. It hit about two days before the party was originally scheduled and there was no way to get it set back up before the … [Read more...]

The meaning of success

The start of a new year is when I take stock of where I am in life. Resolutions tend to be about what we want to change (weight, exercise, smoking), but I’m talking about assessing success. For the record, I don’t think of myself as successful. Largely because that word has many different mea … [Read more...]

Don’t forget your water

I still vividly remember where I was and what I was doing. I'm sure you do, too. My phone started buzzing with that irritating emergency alert noise. I looked at it and was stunned to read the message. We couldn't use our water for anything other than flushing toilets until further notice. I … [Read more...]

Resolving to make resolutions

I was curious where the idea of making New Year’s Resolutions came from. It didn’t take me long to find out that they actually had a religious underpinning, even in pre-Christian times. The Babylonians promised their gods at the start of the year they would return borrowed objects and pay deb … [Read more...]