Wear solids

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” – Leonardo da Vinci After the Parent/Teacher Organization meeting at my older daughter’s middle school a few weeks ago, I was instructed by my family to stop at Ingle’s Market for the following essentials: 1) dog...

Surprise gravity

“Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.” – Charles M. de Talleyrand I’m thinking that the human race needs to jump more. And I’d add something to Mr. de Talleyrand’s thought, above. Not only speech but also gravity disguises man’s thoughts. Last night, my...

Use more verbs

“Life is a verb.” – Charlotte Perkins Gilman I learned to read by painstakingly pronouncing the rambunctious adventures of two knee-socked, slightly irritating, good-as-gold, simple-minded, very white, and really downright boring children named Dick and Jane. The text...

Always carry a pencil

“What writing is all about is what happens on the page between the reader and the page…What I want is a collaboration, really, with the reader on the page where the reader is also making an effort, is putting something of himself into it in the way of...

Leave your base camp

“Money often costs too much.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson Last Tuesday, I found myself in the unusual position of being at the very top and very bottom of Maslow’s Happy Hierarchy of Needs at exactly the same time. I can’t recall ever being in two places at one time like...