Eye roll- the good kind!

I read a study on marital compatibility — apparently spouses who frequently roll their eyes about something their husband or wife has said or done are likelier to divorce. Yikes! After reading the article, I became hyper-aware of rolling my eyes — in impatience, exasperation, basically in some sort of silent low-level protest. Mindfulness, also…

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The Philosophy of Furniture

According to Edgar Allen Poe, who wrote an odd little meditation on the display of wealth called “The Philosophy of Furniture” in 1840 for Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine, the French are a “race of gadabouts,” the English “are supreme (in internal decoration but NOT in external architecture!),” the Chinese have a “warm but inappropriate fancy,” and…

Be Brave

Be Brave, Face Life

That’s the opening line from Charlie Chaplin’s great movie, City Lights, from 1931. Chaplin’s alter ego, the Tramp, happens upon a rich drunkard tying a rock around his neck, about to drown himself. Chaplin buoys him up. Funny funny funny! “I am shameless, I am offering myself to you, but at the same time, I’m…

Rock & a Hard Place

Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Today is the third day of Passover. “Like America itself, Passover is about freedom. It celebrates the eternal quest for human dignity and the freedom which is perhaps the greatest expression of that dignity. Nowhere, and at no time, in 3,000 years of Jewish history have Jews known the kind of centuries-long freedom and security…

Dreamy Waterfall

Guess How Many Thoughts You Have In a Minute?

The average person has 50 thoughts per minute!! Just notice the wondrous waterfall of your mind tirelessly generating thoughts just as effortlessly as your heart pumps blood — moment after moment after moment. This video “What Your Body Does in 30 Seconds” is an astounding overview of what’s happening inside you. Do not be dismayed…