Original, Created, and Acquired Families

If I say family – what’s the first thing you think of?  Maybe it’s a word or maybe you picture specific people.  Who are the people that define your family?  Here’s my random thoughts about families.  I’ve categorized them into Original, Created, and Acquired Families. Original Families are the ones you don’t have any choice…

Canoe Trip

When we were middle school age, somehow dad finagled a canoe trip in northern Minnesota for my older brother, dad, and me.  He bought caps that were green, blue, and red with big white polka dots.  Not sure if dad was making a fashion statement or he didn’t want to lose us on the lakes.…

Don’t Run for Pope

Here’s my tip of the day – don’t run for Pope. In high school, four of us were sitting around and bored so decided that I should run for Pope. The slogan was “2000 years is long enough, it’s time for a change.” We listed goofy things like public confessions, holy water in convenient six…

Fear, Part Deux

I like reading Malcolm Gladwell because he looks at situations from a unique angle or viewpoint.  In his latest book, David and Goliath, he talks about the concept of “remote misses.”  In World War II, the Germans bombed London incessantly. Forty thousand people were killed and a million buildings were leveled or damaged.  Psychiatric hospitals…

Hanging on to Resentment

In something I had written to a friend, they said I had opened their eyes to resentment they carried and how they needed to work on letting go.  In making them aware, it struck me that I carry some hefty resentment for some past incidents. Things I can’t change.  Things that are past.  Things I…