There Are No Sides

 One of my friends is in love with a police officer. She has been struggling with how to respond and process the events in Ferguson, but she is doing so from a slightly different angle than a lot of us....more

Angels

 The New York Times, in an article that was otherwise contemplative and measured, said that Michael Brown, the young man who was shot and killed in Ferguson on August 9th, was “no angel”. People are, understandably, upset about that choice of words. Indeed, even the author of the article said that he would change them if he had another edit....more

Is Suicide Selfish?

 To begin with, my deepest condolences go out to the family of Robin Williams as well as to all the other families who have lost a loved one to mental illness.  You have my sympathies, as do the people who have been lost.  Every time someone, anyone, commits suicide the word comes up. Selfishness....more

Retirement Planning: 10 Things You Need to Know

  Hello Everyone! I am still in way over my head with this move (moving is really one of the worst experiences ever, even when the move is the best possible thing for your family)....more

How to Keep Pets Safe During Storms and Fireworks

There are only two things Fuzzy hates, thunderstorms and fireworks....more

Gopher Approved!

Hey Man, Don't Judge

By now you may have picked up on the fact that, in my head, I hear certain things in particular voices. I think I am a fairly auditory person. I can hear the words to a song three times and know all of it’s lyrics well enough that I can sing along with perfect mimicry of intonation and flourish… but only if the music is playing at the same time. Otherwise I hear bits and pieces. When I read something, I can hear the author or character’s voice if I have heard it three or more times before. Jokes, movie lines, and other such tidbits are all things that I hear in certain voices....more

Rainy Days and Mondays

This is not going to be a “fun” post. I’m sorry. Today is one of those days that I feel sad. These are the days that I really have to practice being happy. As I’ve said, though, happiness doesn’t really happen when you try to ignore your less-than-happy emotions. I have good days and bad days. I think that is true of most people. I’m not really sure how to say the things that I want to say today. It feels like there is a lot, and I don’t know where to start. I apologize if I end up rambling. I am, in general, a fairly private person....more

I am Not a Lifestyle Blogger

 In doing research about how to provide you with a better blog experience, I have come across some criticisms of "Lifestyle" blogs – chiefly that a vast number of them seem to be written by people with perfect homes, perfect clothes, perfect hair, perfect food, and perfect projects. In short, perfect people....more