Easily Offended?

Oct 09

Easily Offended?

DO SOME PEOPLE OFFEND YOU JUST BY WALKING IN THE ROOM? Do you offend easily? If so, you kind of have two choices.  You can lock yourself in a closet so no one can rub you the wrong way, or, after making reasonable accommodations for idiotic behavior, you can become Zen-like and look inside yourself first to figure out why who they are or what they do pisses you off...

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Is Anger Ever Good?

Sep 21

Is Anger Ever Good?

DOES YELLING AND SLAMMING DOORS CLEAR THE AIR, or does it just add fuel to the fire? No easy answers here.  Even the experts don’t agree.  Aristotle apparently thought anger was a good thing.    And yet, we are surrounded by books, movies, Sunday School teachers and parents telling us to rid ourselves of anger, or at least control it. (Anger Management) Is...

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Family & Friends

Sep 12

Family & Friends

WHO ARE YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS, and how good are your relationships with them?  Usually taken for granted, on days like today, when so many are mourning loved ones lost, I am reminded of how valuable they are.  Human relationships are often messy, rarely easy, but for these very reasons, can bring us the most joy. It is true that the shadows simply bring out the...

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Isolation or Involvement?

Aug 30

Isolation or Involvement?

Q:  WHEN DO WE HELP ANOTHER NATION, AND WHEN DO WE LET THEM FIGHT THEIR OWN FIGHT? Today’s rejection by the British Parliament of PM Cameron’s argument justifying a military strike against Syria gives the U.S. a bit of a shiner.  Obama drew a red line in the sand, and Syria crossed it. He thought his friends would stand up against the bully with him,...

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To Meat, or not to Meat….

Aug 15

To Meat, or not to Meat….

ARE YOU A VEGETARIAN?  Why or why not? A friend of mine recently took the 30-day pledge to not eat meat, after watching a Paul McCartney clip on inhumane slaughterhouses.  Several of my friends have gone vegetarian in the last few years, and at Saturday Salons, it’s always a good idea to have several plant and grain dishes for your guests. That said,...

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4-Burner Theory

Aug 03

4-Burner Theory

DAVID SEDARIS SAYS EVERY LIFE has 4 burners:  friends, family, work and health.  In order to be successful, he says, “…you have to cut off one burner.  In order to be REALLY successful, you have to cut off two.” Saturday Salon Question:  Can you have it all, or do you have to sacrifice as he suggests?  Can’t you just be more organized? I...

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