There’s no doubt we all get angry. Some more than others and some times more than at other times, like when after spending three and a half hours enduring the long lines, surly clerks, and line changing at the Department of Motor Vehicles, a man stopped at a toy store to pick up a gift for his son. He brought his selection, a baseball bat, to the cash register. “Cash… Read More »FOREGOING ANGER


An oblivious man said, “My husband says I’m selfish, inconsiderate, and ruined his birthday. I think that’s unfair. I didn’t even know it was his birthday.” Some people will do something for others—if they’re forced. Others look for someone to do good to. We need to maintain an unselfish attitude. Selfishness comes easily, naturally. It’s built into the way things are. To beat it, to become better than what’s natural,… Read More »AN UNSELFISH LIFE


A shopper observed a mother in the grocery store with her three-year-old in her cart. As they passed the cookie section, the child asked for cookies and her mother told her “no.” The little girl immediately began to whine and fuss, and the mother said quietly, “Now Elizabeth, we just have half the aisles left to go through; don’t be upset. It won’t be long.” The shopper passed mom again… Read More »WAITING TO WIN


Hands can do a lot. One woman remembers when she was little, she and her grandpa would go ice fishing. When they were back home, he would take her socks and boots off, and hold her feet in his hands until they were warm again. That woman remembers her grandpa’s hands. Some experience discomfort with our hands because of arthritis. Our hands are what we use to touch someone with… Read More »HAND TO HAND


A woman had been exposed to strep so went to the doctor’s office to have her throat swabbed for a culture. She sat in the waiting room for quite a while with her legs crossed, reading a magazine while other patients came and went. Her turn was called, but when she stood up, she discovered her leg was “asleep.” Not wanting to keep the nurse waiting, she limped, staggering toward… Read More »EASTER MORNING RUN


We all know we want to get “there.” People want the result. Most wanta better job, a cleaner house, bigger bank account, better relationships,happier inside. But some days, getting from here to there looks, well,impossible. It looks impossible mostly because it’s a long way to go, andthere’s a lot of work to get from point A to point Z. Someone once said, “Thefirst step in getting somewhere is to decide… Read More »STEP RIGHT UP


George Burns once said, “Tennis is a game for young people. Until age25, you can play singles. From there until age 35, you should play doubles. Iwon’t tell you my age, but when I played, there were 28 people on the court,just on my side of the net.” There is the jokingly asked question of how weknow we’re getting old. You know you’re getting old when you sit in arocking… Read More »AN HONEST APPRAISAL


Our body is made up of up to 70% water. It’s essential to our organs,skin. Drinking water then makes a lot of sense. Just like when we’re hungry,there’s a mechanism between our body and brain that tells us when we’rethirsty. If we drink water, we get hydrated, and everything is fine. Butsometimes we ignore the signal. We get busy; we’re distracted. If it’ssuppressed long enough, the signal gets weaker because… Read More »GOT WATER?


In honor of St. Patrick’s Day: Jesus asked God, “Where have you beenthese past two years?” God replied, “In Ireland.” Jesus was shocked by hisFather’s reply and replied, “A pandemic has been raging these past two years,and the world is falling apart, and you’ve been in Ireland? Please Dad, for thelove of St. Pete, what’ve you been doing?” God kindly leaned over and said,“Working from home, son, working from home.”So… Read More »SEEK PEACE


A lot of stuff doesn’t follow the script. What you foresaw and believedwould happen doesn’t materialize. Your best friend is no longer your bestfriend. That job that was going to make the difference doesn’t come close.Your partner is less partner than antagonist. We depend on somethingzigging and it ends up zagging. Sometimes you can’t believe what getsthrown at you or what’s yours to handle. What falls in your lap and… Read More »DOGGY PADDLE IF YOU MUST