Mentoring People

In centuries past, it was commonplace for someone to apprentice himself or herself to a master of a skill or trade in order to learn all the finer points and to gain confidence in that field.  Now we have colleges, trade schools, and such to do that work.  Occasionally, a master carpenter, plumber, or electrician […]

The Cute Little Kitten

When I first got acquainted with my new cat, the name “Sweetness” came to my mind.  Sounded good…she was so cute and sweet.  Then she started growing and getting more brave.   The house started shifting.  By this, I mean whatever was on top of tables or desks fell to the floor, propelled by cute little […]

Confronting Others

To borrow a well-worn statement, “I would rather take a beating than…” confront someone.  I don’t like conflict.  But I dislike the numbness and emotional paralysis that comes from avoiding conflict.  “Cramming it down” would be a good way of describing the desensitizing process of denial.  About all that does is “buy some time” to […]

A Trip Back in Time

This last week my brother, grandson and I traveled to a hidden-away valley just across the border of Missouri where we once lived when my brother and I were young children.  I have always had a greater pull to come back to this childhood home and land more than any other place we lived, and […]

I’m Back!

Sorry for the long delay.  I had trouble editing my site on the road.  We got back two days ago, thanks to the driving help from my grandson.  As I started to catch up on my blog writing, I discovered my computer was down.  I went through the internet company long enough to realize it […]

Road Trip!

I’m traveling again.  This time to a class reunion several states away, and while I’m doing that, I will stop in to visit with several of my brothers and my sister in Northwest Arkansas.  Yes, that is the home of Wal-Mart.  And yes, I went to school with the Walton boys (from Wal-Mart fame).  And […]

Forming Habits

One would assume that everyone knows how to groom oneself.  Not necessarily so, I have observed.  Children quickly learn how to put their legs through pant legs or into skirts.  They are a little slower learning how to put on their shoes, and even longer the skill of tying them.  Remember those little balls on […]