Category Archives: Wisdom

It’s All Connected, Even the Dragons —

I woke up this morning and found I was thinking about dragons. A little strange, when I think how the sun was shining on hot pink rhododendron blossoms and the sky was blue and brilliant. Nothing fierce or dragon-y in sight … Continue reading

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“Growing Down”: Moving from MORE to LESS

Remember when you were, oh, say, six years old? And then, just a few months after your birthday, you were already counting, “I’m six and a half. In just three months I’ll be six and three-quarters. I’m growing up!” Growing up. … Continue reading

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Riddle-Me-This

When Oedipus (yes, that Oedipus, the one who was so devoted to his mother) was a young man, he won a kingdom by answering a riddle. (Prizes on Jeopardy aren’t nearly so lavish.) The question was posed by the Sphinx, … Continue reading

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“She Cleans Up Nicely”

Hop aboard today’s train of thought! It began when I was looking in the mirror, blow-drying my hair with my usual let’s-get-this-over-with attitude because I was in a hurry. We were leaving for the supermarket, and I was rushing because … Continue reading

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All Shall be Well —

It’s a story that should begin, “Once upon a time.” It has that ageless storytale quality. Once upon a time there was a woman who was born on the 8th November 1342 (and how do we know that so definitively?), … Continue reading

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Tout Comprendre, C’est Tout Pardonner —

or in English, To understand everything, is to forgive everything. It happened like this. I was brushing my teeth this morning when this proverbial phrase flew into my head (don’t ask) and stuck there.  And stayed there. Hmmm, I kept … Continue reading

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Schadenfreude, and other Genius German expressions!

If most people know anything at all about the German language, it is that it can produce some of the longest, bulkiest words ever,  which mostly seem impossible to pronounce. For instance, in English we simply say Incorporated; the German … Continue reading

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The Heart of the Matter —

Yes, corn is my first love. (And asparagus is my second, but that’s a springtime story —) In general, most members of the vegetable tribe have at least my strong affection. Here’s one of those vegetable loves that requires a … Continue reading

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The Clouds Above Us —

Summer, having finally arrived, is moving along much too briskly! We are midway through August already. Summer heat, blue skies, green leaves, the slow passage of fleecy clouds — all are rolling past. In another two weeks we will all be … Continue reading

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Non-Violence and Hard Boiled Eggs

I make really good egg salad. Which, of course, starts with hard-boiled eggs. When my egg salad comes to the table, it looks great, usually in its blue-and-white Chinese bowl, maybe some thin-sliced radishes adorning it, maybe nothing at all, … Continue reading

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