I was shocked when a friend of mine in an amazing matter-of fact tone, told me that she had recently been assaulted by three men as she was getting out of her car one evening after work. At one point, one of the men pulled out a gun and pointed it at her. [...]
Even for me, I was early. The joke among those who know me is that there are the standard time zones, and then there is the “Ted-Time” zone, which means early…… German heritage early, I guess.
I always try, for example, to be at the airport at least two hours before my flight. On this [...]
Wow, the Windy City was living up to its reputation. 20-25 mile per hour gusty winds showed up as ordered for “Community Kite Day”, sponsored by the local Department of Parks and Recreation. However, the warmth that was imagined for this didn’t make an appearance. 33 + degrees, snow spitting periodically, the [...]
I was talking to an acquaintance the other day and she was sharing her list of current challenges, which were substantial. She’d lost her job (due to the company she worked for suddenly and without warning closing) and had been refused unemployment as a result of a number of complications. As a result she was [...]
The United States Congress – Washington Politics – Politicians -The people who run election campaigns – the government.
It might be just about the crowd I hang out with, but it seems like it would be tough these days to find anyone who has much respect for any of the above. Unless, of course, they were [...]
I spent the weekend in La Jolla, California. Here’s what I learned:
La Jolla means “The Jewel”. The Jewel is a stretch of spectacular California coastline just 20 minutes (it used to take four hours to travel the 14 miles or so from San Diego) north of San Diego.
I was mesmerized as I walked the spectacular “Coastal Walk” trail [...]
“I have lost so many, have lost so much, and each has been a breaking away, a letting go, the way clumps of earth that hold the river are worn free by the river. So the river of experience scours the small container that is our life, deeper and deeper.” Mark Nepo, Seven Thousand [...]
I love to travel and my life has obliged by indulging my love. I recently returned from a trip and strangely, over the next few days I found myself thinking of how nice it would be to own a Mini-Cooper (for those of you who aren’t sure what that is, it is an automobile, [...]
Most of us have experienced enough Hollywood movies to have seen Native Americans shown wearing what is commonly referred to as “war paint”. Actually, such painting of the warrior’s body was not designed to promote physical safety, inspire ferocity and/or bravery within the wearer, or generate fear within his opponent, as one might [...]
I received a call in the middle of the night from a friend who was visiting a third world country on one of his frequent humanitarian trips. What I make up is that through such visits he hopes to catch the world’s attention to the plight of those far less fortunate than most of us. [...]