Not Aging Gracefully

I’m going to rant today. You’ve been warned. The past couple of weeks have presented me with reminders that I’m a square peg in a round-hole world. Most of the time, I take pride in being an oddball. But even though I’m proud that I don’t fit neatly into the world’s categories, that doesn’t always... Continue Reading →

The Cruel Times We Live In

Today’s post will be my most political in a while. Effective today, April 12, 2019, the Trump Administration bans all transgender people from serving in the U.S. Military. (GLAAD debunks GOP myths about this ban here.) According to GLAAD, the LGBTQ media resource group, over 13,000 troops currently on active duty will be affected by... Continue Reading →

Service With a (Faked) Smile

Yesterday, Jen and I had brunch with one of my library co-workers. During our meal, the topic of customer service came up. She remembered that I had said in a staff meeting that good customer service is an acting job. She said that really stuck with her because I always seem to be smiling and... Continue Reading →

Comfort Zones

I’ve been thinking a lot about comfort zones recently. About routines, habits, patterns. I think all of us are drawn to what’s comfortable. That will vary from person to person and situation to situation, but comfort is often what we seek. We’re creatures of habit, repetition, and routine. Scientists studying human decision making find that... Continue Reading →

Do You Have Time to Think?

I'm a fan of Andi Cumbo-Floyd's blog and online writing groups. She often posts thought-provoking material via her blog and email newsletter. Yesterday's email touched on the topic of building "white space" into our days. That is, allowing ourselves time in our schedules to daydream. And, she thinks giving ourselves that time can help us... Continue Reading →

Otherness and Empathy

All my life, I have been the other. How to explain my sense of “otherness”? The Merriam-Webster dictionary says otherness is “the quality of being different or unusual.” Sociologists describe otherness as a binary, an us vs them arrangement where group membership is determined by shared traits. Those with traits in common are a part... Continue Reading →

Reality vs. Creativity

I’m stepping onto my soapbox. You’ve been warned. This year has been a hard one for creative people. Throughout 2017, articles about self-care, balancing creative work with activism, and tips on refilling the creative well filled my social media feeds. Many of these posts offered good advice on dealing with my rage and sorrow for... Continue Reading →

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