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A Call to Calm, A Call to Reset

I love Brand New Years, with no mistakes in them.

[Okay, with relatively few (major) mistakes in them.]

Perhaps it is because I just recently celebrated (?) my suxteee-sickth birthday, that I am being all Contemplative about Life, but I want to give you my “Call” for 2018:

A Call for Calm, A Call to Reset.

“Huh,” you say, Returning Blog Reader?

Well, this:  Politically (on both sides of the aisle), I see, hear and sense discord, disagreement and “I’m not working with you.”  It’s really not just Trump.  It’s the political system that is basically adversarial.

“I hate you because you do not agree with me on issues.”

But it’s pervasive in our society, even entertainment.  We say we hate violence, bemoan and suffer over Las Vegas, Charleston and Orlando–and yet go in throngs to movies with gratuitous violence (check out any blockbuster superhero movie), listen to songs which present women as sexual objects to be used and discarded.

Maybe it is time in this New Year to think about what we are doing day by day, vote by vote, movie ticket by movie ticket, song by song.

Breathing is Life.  Deep in, deep out.  Deep in, deep out.  Deep in, deep out.

Calm.  Peace.

Let’s reset in 2018 to a new norm, one that emphasizes Joy, Peace, Calm and Getting Along.

We really can find Good if we look for it.

Joyous 2018!










Weirdly Joyful Parking Tickets

I LOVE this strange, funny and ultimately heartwarming video about “parking tickets.”  Watch it to the end.


“How about you [I, we] go out and make someone’s day today?”



Celebrating Our Differences

Know this guy?


Michael Sam, the All-American defensive lineman from the University of Missouri and the Associated Press’ SEC Defensive Player of the Year, who said that he is gay in an interview with ESPN’s “Outside the Lines” last Sunday.  He’s also expected to be chosen in the upcoming NFL draft.

Here’s a SI article about Sam’s coming out:  Michael Sam

But what this post is really all about is this man:


His name is Dale Hansen, and he’s the sports anchor for ABC’s Dallas affiliate WFAA.  I encourage you to watch and listen to him as he analyzes the Sam story.


“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept & celebrate those differences.” 

— Audre Lorde


Good for Michael “Sam I Am” and kudos for Dale Hansen for providing us a time to celebrate.


Smiling with Shirley Temple







More Shirley Temple pics:  http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=shirley+temple&FORM=HDRSC2

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