Money Isn’t the Root of All Evil

Jealousy is. Money can fund philanthropy, the arts, technical innovation, beauty, medical breakthroughs, and many public services we take for granted. Jealousy has a lot less to recommend it (though it might provoke healthy competition). In our tiny neighborhood, jealousy has recently run amok. Sometimes expressed in the loathsome designations “up the hill” or “down […]

Do You Have PPSD*?

(*Post-Pandemic Survival Dysfunction) Even as daily life seems headed towards recovery, it’s hard to relax. This insightful analysis explains why “burnout” only begins to describe what so many of us have been feeling. [by Soo Youn, The Washington Post] Why burnout won’t go away, even as life returns to ‘normal’ For Marcia Howard, the Cheez-Its were […]

Future History

If the 1920’s were the Roaring Twenties, what will this decade be called — The Whimpering Twenties? The Weeping Twenties? So far, so bad, but perhaps we will all rise, phoenix-like, from the ashes of 2020. One can only hope. Here in the US, COVID deaths have now reached (surpassed?) an unimaginable 200,000, making it […]

The FOUE Effect

My colonoscopy last week prompts me to address a phenomenon I call “FOUE”, a common issue in modern life. FOUE, pronounced “phooey” is an acronym for Fear of Unpleasant Experiences. Most of us suffer from this condition at one time or another, especially if an outcome is potentially scary: Putting off a doctor visit or […]

Lost and Found

I’ve always had a terrible habit of hiding things in “safe” places, only to forget where I’ve put them. Keys wind up on a hook under a hat, jewelry can turn up in coat pockets, a dressy wallet might be in a bag I’ve stopped carrying. I had a near-panic attack when I first got […]

It’s True: Copenhagen IS Wonderful

Can’t resist the cliché pic of all time! And despite the corny Danny Kaye song, we did indeed find it completely engaging. Copenhagen is Scandinavia’s largest city, dating back to the 11th century. The reigning monarch Queen Margrethe II can trace her ancestry back to the Viking Age, making Denmark the world’s oldest kingdom. Cobbled squares, charming […]

Sicily, Part 3 (The Saga Continues)

Day 11 Sicilian drivers fall into three categories: pazzo (“crazy”), molto pazzo, and pazzissimo (which is probably not a word.)  As DH observes, “You know you’re in a Catholic country because everyone drives with the assurance of an after-life.” Undaunted, though, we head out for further exploration. First up: the archeology museum at the Valle […]

Desire, Anticipation, Realization

Remember the old Heinz commercial with the Carly Simon soundtrack? Anticipation has been motivating people long before it was an advertising theme. I’ll bet Mrs. Caveman found saber tooth stew more appealing after waiting all day for Mr. C to bring home the goodies. (Imagine how a little ketchup would have helped!) I’m not a […]