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Hunting Fear

“Don’t be afraid of your fears. They’re not there to scare you. They’re there to let you know that something is worth it.” (C. JoyBell C.) A Message from “the Gods” In my reading the other day, I stumbled onto a short piece about the Gaelic god, Cernnunos. Not much about him has survived to […]

Beading and Un-Beading Relationships

“Assumptions are the termites of relationships.” (Henry Winkler) Simple, But Not Easy As mentioned in this space previously, I’ve been doing some beading lately. I love how easy it is to make something beautiful with beads. The patterns look so complicated. It’s an illusion. Beading is not difficult. It does take a shifting of expectations […]

Balancing Acts

“If you never go out on the branch, you’re never going to get the best fruit.” (Sarah Parish)  New Year, New Word While I don’t do New Year’s Resolutions, (see why here,) I do pick a word for each year. This word is a general principle that I want to be a lot more intentional […]

Lessons From a Flag

Humans are pattern-seeking story-telling animals, and we are quite adept at telling stories about patterns, whether they exist or not.” (Michael Shermer) Weird Maryland As a child growing up in Maryland, I remember thinking that the Maryland state flag was really weird looking. It seemed to be a jumble of colors that didn’t make any […]

Beating the Blerg

“You can’t wake a person who is pretending to be asleep.”  (Navajo Proverb) I’ve been hearing and reading an awful lot of people lately expressing surprise over how messed up things seem to be right now. Costs are going up, customer service has become a weird sort of wrestling match with perspective and reality, tempers […]