The Power of the Right Word

Have you ever wondered why good teachers urge pupils to read not only textbooks but also for pleasure? Reading builds our vocabulary. If you just muttered something along the lines of “Who cares” or “I don’t like to read,” conversations with you could cause brain...

The Brick and I

It promised to be an uneventful day. A quick trip to the accountant to drop off the tax stuff was the most pressing item on my day’s agenda. Then the weather did its yo-yoing between the low 40s one day and 85 the next. It would be a good day to get ahead of the...

I Hear Bells

Two friends meet for lunch. When the other’s phone rings, her friend bites back a snarl. What could provoke such a response from an amiable woman? Well, we might have to edit the woman’s description a bit. Of course, she can project sweetness, but a snarl fits her...

Watch and Learn

Are you a people-watching aficionado? To enhance your study, may we suggest expanding your horizons from human to include the observation of animals.  But please, do not limit yourself to household pets, as in cats and dogs. Even if it takes a bit of effort on your...

Fear: The Tool of Power

This writer believes so much of the pain we suffer is self-inflicted, with a little outside nudge. Before you blow a gasket or some other body part, attempt to listen with an open mind. Even though neither listening nor open-mindedness are attributes humans readily...