It’s Probably Both

October 9, 2017

While some people make it abundantly obvious in their particular case, generally speaking, I can’t tell if the world is filled with too many people who need to grow up . . . or too many people who need to grow down.


So . . . So Worth It

October 6, 2017

Having grown tired of my son’s constant declarations that every song he heard that he even mildly disliked was “the worst song ever,” yesterday I introduced him to Tiny Tim‘s, “Tiptoe Through The Tulips“.

His double take alone was worth it.

Because He’s Still A Sun Conure

October 5, 2017

Yesterday my son was browsing the archives on this blog, and he came across a category that he rightfully pointed out to me that I haven’t used in a while, “Coos and Caws,” so per my son’s request, here is a new “Coos and Caws” entry.

Yes, Algiz the Sun Conure is still with us despite me being quiet about him . . . a favor he has not returned, by the way.

I May Be Asking Others For Help Later Today Though

October 4, 2017

Some day I’m going to learn to set aside my excessive pride and just ask for help first when I need help.  Today I practiced this by asking coffee for some help.

Still Not Feeling Chatty

October 3, 2017

But I will say this, if you want to be a good person, not making things worse in the wake of a tragedy is a good skill to cultivate, and cutting back on the insults is as good a place as any to start with that.

Some Days There Are No Words

October 2, 2017

*Get out of bed*


*Check the news*

*Consider the relative merits of going back to bed*

*Admit that’s not a viable option*

*Focus on the day as much as possible while news feeds scream the updates on the latest pointless tragedy*

“Do I HAVE To?!!” *Wince* “Yes.” “Do You Mean That I–?” *Wince* “Yes!”

September 29, 2017

As I’ve said before, when I’m not busy being an extrovert I am most decidedly an introvert, and for most of my life that has meant that I needed time being left alone . . . sometimes a lot of time.

Unsurprisingly though, parenthood has continued to cut deeper and deeper into my alone time, and the adjustment, while . . . painful, hasn’t been entirely without merit.  For instance, recently I learned that a lot of the time I don’t technically need to be left alone, I just need the hurting to stop for a while . . .

The “Olfactory” Of The Matter, You Might Say

September 28, 2017

Today I find myself vaguely amused at the disparity in how my Tuesday entry (which I got a variety of positive feedback regarding) was received when compared to my Wednesday entry (which went without any responses whatsoever).  I wasn’t surprised by this though.  Tuesday’s entry was deliberately positive and pithy, but I knew there was a point that could be easily overlooked, hence Wednesday’s entry.

To spell it out, to me the important part of Tuesday’s entry was “what you believe about yourself, true or not, will have the greatest effect on you.”  I’ve known wonderful people who had been convinced they were terrible people, and I’ve also known people who, if they had even an ounce of talent, they kept it hidden extremely well, but their belief in their own non-evident greatness could sustain them through anything.  It’s just . . . impressive how much belief can affect a person.

But knowing the truth about yourself will serve you better in the long run, and the fact of the matter is that sometimes the truth stinks, but it’s better to be able to smell it because otherwise you won’t know you need to change.

Be REALLY Careful What You Believe

September 27, 2017

I wanted to give an example of what I was talking about yesterday, but ideally I wanted an example that would be easily accepted by most, as well as one that didn’t involve anything potentially fatal.  Yesterday I couldn’t think of one, but today I could:

A belief that a fruit diet precludes the need to shower or bathe can have dramatic effects on personal behavior, almost as dramatic as the effect never showering or bathing can have on the behavior of others toward you.

So Be Careful What You Believe

September 26, 2017

No matter what others believe about you, what you believe about yourself, true or not, will have the greatest effect on you.