Archive for the ‘Ranting & Raving’ Category


Did You Win?

  I don’t like this question. Right off the bat I’m stating that I love competition.  I think we all have a healthy built-in desire to strive for the best, to go faster, to create more beauty, to do something better than it was done the day before.  We compete against others and we compete […]

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Cheesy Advice

This week I bought some very expensive cheese.  I didn’t need it.  I wasn’t hungry.  I was just trying to kill a little time in between meetings.  The only thing open that early in the morning was a grocery store, and so to amuse myself, I walked the aisles of this unfamiliar place.  What a […]

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Tragic

  She probably had a list on her desk to remind herself to get dish soap and cat food the next time she was at the store. He probably had a hike planned for the weekend… hoping to see a little fall color coming into the leaves. She surely had sweet little relatives who were […]

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You Are

 Friends, I just realized something. If you write this:                Your going to have a good day. Then you might as well write this:                I hope youl have a good day. Sorry to carry on like this, but I have to do my little part to make people think!  If you’re going to say […]

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Be Nice… I Beg of You

Childhood for me is one happy memory after another.  I loved school.  Having an academic father and an artist mother, I was tickled pink with everything there was to learn.  Class time was a delight, play time a delight, weekends a delight. People speak of those miserable years of junior high and high school.  Many […]

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Think Twice

I have these earrings.  I’ve had lots of pairs over the years.  The other day I was laughing about some of them that have long since been given away… and how I’d like to have them back. I don’t wear earrings very often.  I used to wear them all the time.  It all began in […]

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They’re Over There

They’re over there with their friends. There!  Is that so hard? I know we all make mistakes.  Yes, yes, we’ve all made a few.  Sometimes we’re in a hurry, and we get this all wrong.  But, seriously folks… and especially you youngsters… let’s work on this. Once upon a time I jokingly corrected a relative’s […]

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They Aren’t You

I don’t care what you say… I love this color! It’s always good to get inspiration.  I’m all for that.  Actually, I’ve just been to the International Builders’ Show for this very reason.  But I’m going to take a few moments here to encourage individualism and creativity. As builders, we regularly get asked what the […]

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I Have Issues

I have issues with people.  I know this of myself.  It’s such a clinical way of saying that I’ve had it up to here with people.  Sounds so mature, doesn’t it.  Ha! Well, I do.  I have issues with people who won’t clean up their own disastrous messes in a bathroom.  I have issues with […]

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Better Watch Out

We know that you’d better watch out We know that you’d better not pout That is the gist To make Santa’s list And he’s watching us all, I’ve no doubt   He knows if we whine day and night He knows if we bicker and fight If we curse and we swear Dirty laundry we […]

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Politically Polite

Just days before our election, I watched “The Lady”, the story of Aung San Suu Kyi and the struggle for democracy in Burma.  No!  Struggle is a pusilanimous word for this situation.  It’s the heartbreaking, misery-filled, incredibly intense tale of a nation longing for the kind of freedom I experience in America. While people are […]

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Use Your Manners

I loved Ann Romney’s speech at the GOP Convention.  The following day, I pulled it up on YouTube to enjoy again.  Not shocked, and yet shocked to the core actually, I saw a few comments so filled with hate and venom that I couldn’t shake them from my mind. I took them personally because I […]

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