The ‘TWO’ Principle

Why have one of anything when you can have two (except boyfriends)? I just had this most extraordinary realization. I wasn’t aware until just this morning that this practice of having two is how I’ve designed my life. I have two sons, two kittens, I have two cups of coffee each morning, I have two pair of exercise capris, two topsContinue reading “The ‘TWO’ Principle”

Life Happened

I published my memoir in March of 2011. That was nearly a decade ago and a lot has happened since then. For one, Life has happened. I’ve already started the outline for my second book, but I’m not quite sure how to begin. I know, I know – at the beginning. Right? But it’s notContinue reading “Life Happened”

Dolly Parton is Still With Us, Yes?

Last night I had a dream that Dolly died. I found out about this online and my sister just happened to be with me. I mentioned the news to her, but somehow she’d already found out, and she was quite upset about it, which I found odd because neither of us ever listened to Dolly’sContinue reading “Dolly Parton is Still With Us, Yes?”

Unhealthy Relationships Just Don’t Feel Good.

I think our feelings can be wonderful things – when we’re being honest with ourselves. They alert us to the fact that things are either great or not so great. When things are great, our feelings support the experience, which motivates us to prolong it or magnify it. When they’re not so great, our feelingsContinue reading “Unhealthy Relationships Just Don’t Feel Good.”

“Just Let Me Grab My Gun.”

I have an amusing story.  I went with a friend to the grocery store yesterday and we were talking for a minute after we parked.  Without looking, I reached over to open my door and it banged up against a car next to us that hadn’t been there when we arrived.  Some jive turkey hadContinue reading ““Just Let Me Grab My Gun.””

It Starts Behind The Eyes

Usually, this area of my brain is reserved for my fondness for chocolate cake, but recently it’s just been achy. Sort of like a toothache, but not exactly. But not a brain freeze either – just to be clear. I can remember having maybe two headaches in my entire life. The first one was soContinue reading “It Starts Behind The Eyes”

Weltschmerz? Yes, Weltschmerz.

My grandmother used to say she felt kind of “Meh” and was suffering a malaise of one sort or another. I swear, that woman used to just point to a word in the dictionary and say to herself “I think I’ll use this word as often as I can for the rest of my life.”Continue reading “Weltschmerz? Yes, Weltschmerz.”

Honest to a Fault

My grandmother used to say to me, “Jenny – you’re honest to a fault.” And I’d say. “So?!” And then she’d say, “That’s exactly what I mean.” And I’d walk away confused as ever. That was then. Today – I’m older and wiser and stuff. I’ve always been direct and blunt and straightforward. I don’tContinue reading “Honest to a Fault”

Not Tripping Over My Thoughts

Oh Lordy, does it feel good to clean my home! I can walk and talk and think and function… It’s wonderful! Even during my worst moments in withdrawal, I still couldn’t stand the sight of a messy space. There’s something about having everything clean and in order that promotes my ability to think about lifeContinue reading “Not Tripping Over My Thoughts”

Time Machines are Unnecessary

Why? Because all anyone has to do is age and they’ll figure out that time moves much too fast. It moves faster than any old person on the planet appreciates. Ask one. They’ll tell you. Fine. Time doesn’t move any faster or slower – our experience of it changes. Whatev. A friend of mine andContinue reading “Time Machines are Unnecessary”

Cantankerous

Isn’t that word just – fantastic!? Who made it up? When they threw all those letters together, were they, in fact, cantankerous or just rock-bottom bored? What happened to perfectly useful words like irascible and curmudgeonly? I don’t know about you, but I use both of those words ALL THE TIME (not). Today, I resolveContinue reading “Cantankerous”

Oh No. What Have I Done?

I set a goal. I never set goals. Here’s where I’m at. Proving to myself that I can do something, by doing it, is entirely different than having confidence in myself that I can do something I’ve never done. Yesterday I turned 51. I honestly never thought I would live to see this age. IContinue reading “Oh No. What Have I Done?”