Too Righteous?

Or Just Righteous Enough? Oxford’s definition of righteous adjective morally right or justifiable. “feelings of righteous indignation about pay and conditions” Just as soon as I read “feelings” in the definition, I thought, well, no one can argue with my feelings. But can they? Lately, I’m feeling an abundance of feelings about so many things.… Continue reading Too Righteous?

Fighting Your Own Impulses

Or Imposing Self-harm This is a difficult topic for me. I am strong and for the most part able to resist many of my impulses, but I have been fighting urges to act on the negative ones all of my life. Some impulses are positive and should not be ignored. For example when you see… Continue reading Fighting Your Own Impulses

Doing the Right Thing

  I’m not sure when it was that I started feeling the pressure of doing the right thing. I do know two things: I spend way too much time thinking about this. The right thing for me or for others; I think about both. When I do the so called “right thing,” I sometimes spend… Continue reading Doing the Right Thing

Letting Go Can Be Difficult

It’s been a difficult week of reflection. I imagine some might say that every week in one’s life is difficult; however, I would argue that there are times in one’s life when thoughts are more negative, more self-critical, and harder to sort out. Sometimes the yin & the yang seem out of balance and it… Continue reading Letting Go Can Be Difficult

Human Behavior is Complicated

        Studying human behavior has always been a fascinating pastime for me. I majored in sociology in college and the question was always:  how does the behavior of others apply to me and what am I going to do with a sociology degree?   behaviour noun noun: behavior the way in which one acts… Continue reading Human Behavior is Complicated

Finding the Right Balance/When Loneliness Strikes/An Act of Kindness — Reblog

  Hard to imagine doing anything these days without feeling some guilt. An overwhelming number of articles, television shows, religious authorities, relatives and so on, telling us what’s good for us; who knows what’s best anymore. Truth be known, most of us know what’s good for us. We don’t need a know-it-all “expert” to share… Continue reading Finding the Right Balance/When Loneliness Strikes/An Act of Kindness — Reblog

Living With a Lie

“There are only two things. Truth and lies. Truth is indivisible, hence it cannot recognize itself; anyone who wants to recognize it has to be a lie.” Franz Kafka My mother’s lies taught me two things:  First and most harmful, it was acceptable to lie, and second, secrets are impossible to keep. I had a… Continue reading Living With a Lie

The Afternoon I Went to Bed Certain I Would Not Wake Up

Many have shared their personal drug experiences, however, mine is particular to me. This piece is not 100% inclusive. The two I haven chosen to share are my first and my worst experiences. My hope is that my readers will recognize and heed the dangers of certain types of drug use. You may have to… Continue reading The Afternoon I Went to Bed Certain I Would Not Wake Up

Gun Shots in the Woods

  The trigger my mother squeezed on a .45 Colt rifle in the woods of upstate New York that summer night will be an image captured and cemented in my mind for a lifetime.   I was an overweight, troubled, 14-year-old, with a great deal of anger. My stepfather, Frank, reluctantly accepted that I came… Continue reading Gun Shots in the Woods

Managing Physical and Emotional Pain

A Layman’s Perspective     I was about 85 percent finished writing my blog this week and I began questioning why anyone would want to read what I had to say about coping with pain. Fortunately, it didn’t take long for me to remind myself that I wasn’t writing my blog for anyone else. That… Continue reading Managing Physical and Emotional Pain