Holiday GIFT for 2017 – a self-discovery game

And for you  faithful readers, attached is our Holiday GIFT for 2017!  It’s another self-discovery game!  Don’t start shaking your head yet.  No drawing is required to play.  Simply give the situation presented a thought, make a choice and see what a Japanese psychologist team has to say about it. Of course, My response is […]

THE MONTHLY QUESTION

This month, our Ninepatch treasurer, Georgene (Sept. ‘17) comments on our question, “If you could wake up every morning and look out your bedroom window at the perfect view, what would that be?” Georgene says, “If I could wake up every morning and look out my bedroom window to see  any kind of nature vista, […]

BLUE LAPIS

BLUE LAPIS What we know crashes through us like Lake Michigan in September. I ride on this knowing, flat on my back, arms outstretched, blue lapis on my throat, on my forehead, and there is a star directly above me which is already dead, which somebody has already named. It is attached by a kite […]

THINKING OF BABIES, SURGERY AND DISEASE SUFFERERS, AND STROKE VICTIMS

A step in any direction Is practice for getting From where you are To where you want to be.  Simon Stargazer III (Nov. ‘17) adds,” I wrote this for a dear friend recovering from a stroke..   It’s now been several months since I stopped for a visit on my way home from Denver, He […]

MAKE DEADLINES

And keep them! I say more to myself Than to you, In the dark before Daylight, When I think best, I unfold the papers, Collections of notes. A cup of coffee,  By my side, Gives me courage, Especially if I think What may not be true- Time for brief meditations, Thoughts of friends Needing hope […]

MONDAY MORNING PONDERINGS

There are quite a few situations I am powerless over. (Yes, it’s true.) However, I have been given life and life energy with the free will to determine how I spend/invest that energy moment-to-moment. I can choose to wallow in the mire of despair in response to my shortcomings, and all that I deem deplorable, […]

MAEVE BINCHY

Back in March ‘17, I wrote a piece about a chance meeting with Irish author, Maeve Binchy. It happened several years ago on a visit to Dublin to see my family. Currently, I am reading that author’s biography, Maeve Binchy: The Biography written by Piers Dudgeon. “There are other biographies written of Maeve Binchy, but  […]

BROTHER TO A DRAGONFLY

Will Campbell wrote the book, Brother to a Dragonfly, as an autobiography.  He also describes his older brother and describes their growing up on a cotton farm in Mississippi.   Will became a Baptist minister, but he left pastoring the church after a few years.  He became active in the civil rights movement in the 50’s […]

Divorce…

Divorce yourself from harm’s way. James (Nov. ‘17) adds, “It’s best to make choices that keep you safe.”

THOUGHTS ON A LIFETIME OF DEPRESSION EPISODES

A doctor once asked if being depressed wasn’t “self-indulgent.” I was offended by the suggestion but didn’t have the presence of mind to ask him exactly what he meant. I have thought about that over the years. When I’m on “the slide” I experience a hint that this is learned behavior. Depression begets more of […]