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The Art of Being a StoneThe Art of Being a Stone

The Art of Being a Stone

Fort Biblio

This past Sunday I got a call from a friend clearly in distress. 

“I have to talk to you,” she said with a tone of angst in her voice…

Mon, 08/07/2023
The Span of LifeThe Span of Life

The Span of Life


The Buddha asked a Shramana, "How long is the human life span?"

He replied, "A few days."

The Buddha said, "You have not yet…

Mon, 08/07/2023
The Sky is Falling...The Sky is Falling!The Sky is Falling...The Sky is Falling!

The Sky is Falling...The Sky is Falling!


These are the people who go around talking about all the bad things that are going on (i.e., the molestations, the mass shootings, the train…

Fri, 08/04/2023
The Side-effects of Wishing!The Side-effects of Wishing!

The Side-effects of Wishing!


“When you wish upon a star Makes no difference who you are Anything your heart desires Will come to you..."

I think most…

Thu, 08/03/2023
The ServantThe Servant

The Servant


Recently, the topic of being a People Pleaser (PP) came up in a group discussion. I thought it would be an important topic to address since…

Wed, 08/02/2023
The Rise and Fall of Communication!The Rise and Fall of Communication!

The Rise and Fall of Communication!


While we all know how to talk, few of us know how to communicate effectively. We either lack communications skills, or rarely communicate at all…

Tue, 08/01/2023

The Other You!


Recently I watched an episode of Friends on Netflix. It was the one where Monica’s identity is stolen. She starts analyzing her credit card bills…

Sun, 07/30/2023
Smart Phones: The New Drug of Choice!Smart Phones: The New Drug of Choice!

Smart Phones: The New Drug of Choice!


Smart phones have easily become the new drug of choice. Look around. If Smart phones and texting were a disease, we’d be calling it a pandemic…

Sat, 07/29/2023
Are You Running Towards Something Or Running Away?Are You Running Towards Something Or Running Away?

Are You Running Towards Something Or Running Away?

Present Valley

It is human nature to be running away from something we don't want to feel or deal with...we all do it. This behavior has been around since the…

Sat, 07/29/2023
The Microwave VS the Oven!The Microwave VS the Oven!

The Microwave VS the Oven!


I think we can all agree on the fact that we love to eat! It’s what we do, not only to keep on living, but to celebrate anything, from a…

Fri, 07/28/2023
The Magical Bank Metaphor (Dr. Claire Milligan)The Magical Bank Metaphor (Dr. Claire Milligan)

The Magical Bank Metaphor (Dr. Claire Milligan)


$86,400 -- Something To Think About!

Imagine that you won the following prize in a contest: Each morning your bank would deposit $86,400.00…

Thu, 07/27/2023
The Lookie-Loo!The Lookie-Loo!

The Lookie-Loo!


Have you ever been on the freeway, when all of a sudden, without warning, every car starts to slow down? The fact is, we all have. The reason…

Wed, 07/26/2023
The Last Words...The Last Words...

The Last Words...


Some years ago, a daughter and mother had a fight. Not an uncommon scenario. In this story, however, the daughter was so angry that she told her…

Tue, 07/25/2023
Generosity and loveGenerosity and love

Generosity and love


This pup shares generously and expresses his love freely with his friend who looks nothing like him. A lesson for all creatures…

Mon, 07/24/2023
The Juke Box!The Juke Box!

The Juke Box!


THE JUKE BOX SITS IN THE CORNER. It is the first thing you see when you wake up in the morning. The first thing you hear. This morning it’s…

Mon, 07/24/2023
The Good "Mistake!"The Good "Mistake!"

The Good "Mistake!"


I was talking to a friend who told me that she and her family were going on a cruise. She then proceeded to tell me that the cruise line had…

Sun, 07/23/2023
The Gold Nugget!The Gold Nugget!

The Gold Nugget!


Have you ever been panning for gold? It is the oldest and simplest way to extract gold.

I see all of you as having an abundance of gold…

Sat, 07/22/2023
The Gift of Misfortune!The Gift of Misfortune!

The Gift of Misfortune!


A few years back, I was excited to attend the launch of Gregg Hurwitz’s new novel, Don’t Look Back, at Book Carnival in the city of Orange. Gregg…

Thu, 07/20/2023
The "Fortune-less" Fortune Cookie!The "Fortune-less" Fortune Cookie!

The "Fortune-less" Fortune Cookie!


Wow! No fortune? Bummer!

Maybe. Maybe not!

A while back, we decided to get lunch from Pick Up Stix. One of the things to which we…

Tue, 07/18/2023
The First Day!The First Day!

The First Day!


When my grandchildren were younger I would watch as they get their pictures taken before heading off to their First Day of school. I began to…

Mon, 07/17/2023
The Erasable Pen!The Erasable Pen!

The Erasable Pen!


A few years back, I was at CVS looking for a pen. My favorite pen, the Gel Paper Mate, was out. I was bummed; I really love the smoothness of how…

Sun, 07/16/2023
The ELEPHANT in the Room!The ELEPHANT in the Room!

The ELEPHANT in the Room!


“What elephant?” The elephant in the room is that THING—that large issue of which everyone is acutely aware, but of which not a word is said. It’s…

Sat, 07/15/2023
What's the Value of Your Property?What's the Value of Your Property?

What's the Value of Your Property?


While we were first conceiving Youtropolis, I imagined a safe haven where anyone could receive their own deed of land just for signing up. How…

Fri, 07/14/2023
The Duffel BagThe Duffel Bag

The Duffel Bag


It’s morning—another beautiful day lies ahead. At least it starts out that way. Your night was restful. You feel refreshed, but it’s short lived…

Fri, 07/14/2023