Monthly Archives: August 2016

No-Nonsense Friends

“Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else.” ~ Judy Garland Do you have a friend to go to when you need a dose of unvarnished truth?  A no-nonsense friend to: Provide you with an honest appraisal about …… you? Provide you with an “Honest  to God” reality check? Provide you with the non-sugar-coated truth? This is important today when we’re getting our … Continue reading No-Nonsense Friends »

Progress not Perfection

In Birthmark, Nathaniel Hawthorne tells a riveting story of the destructive force of perfectionism.  In his story, Aylmer, an accomplished chemist, had given up science to pursue Georgiana, the object of his love.  He succeeds, and they are happy.  But after a while, the crimson birthmark on Georgiana’s cheek begins to disgust Aylmer, making him shudder and flinch when he looks at it, and instead of seeing … Continue reading Progress not Perfection »

Turning Wine into Water

  “Among my most prized possessions are words that I have never spoken.”~ Orson Scott Card Do you ever wonder why children have trouble controlling their tongues, or say such cruel and insensitive things to other children?  Or how difficult it is to bring your own tongue under control? These are weighty questions because the unbridled tongue accounts for much collective misery.  I shudder at … Continue reading Turning Wine into Water »