In the presence of Masters: my first Tai Chi class

I’ve wanted to learn Tai Chi for decades. I thought it would help me with balance — in a lot of areas. Yes, decades. But, for many one-reasons or another, the class schedules offered were never compatible with mine. Or something like that. So! Last week, when the healing center I’ve benefited from in the…

Ode to Granny’s “Pretties”: Now I understand.

“Be careful with my pretties,” She hoped we’d understand. We did … and we didn’t, But respected her command.   Granny had these oddities, Little they had in common, She called them little “pretties,” and liked to gaze upon them.   Others called them chachkis, Nicknacks and thingamajigs, But Granny called them “pretties.” She was…

A New Year! 2019 goals & 2018 highlights

While 2018 was certainly weird, it was transformationally weird. I’m not quite sure how to express it any other way. I’m so very thankful for family love, acceptance, and honesty. 2018 Highlights Very top of the list was more engagement with the kids & grandkids. That was my #1 goal for 2018. It was a…

Inspiration: Setting standards for e-commerce customer experiences

When I started the doll story project more than a year-and-a-half ago, I purchased a lot of older dolls online new in boxes with the idea of keeping the ones that fit the story then simply re-selling those that didn’t. I’d received many a sloppy and damaged box from ebay doll purchases, so when I…

Studying for the Law School Admission Test

Words matter. The day after my last post I had an epiphany, a really major epiphany. Huge. So huge I had to gather my thoughts before I could put it here. Why the loss of publishing hit me so hard emotionally? Because words matter. When I went into publishing decades ago, there were only three…

Exploring Toastmasters for learning to be a better speaker …gulp…

The more I think about the idea of podcasting, the more aware I am of my horrible speaking skills. Before I can even consider producing podcasts, I absolutely must fix and improve my speaking skills. Podcasts or no podcasts, I need to do that anyway. E-gad. I thought immediately of Toastmasters. I’ve never been to…

Podcasts remind me of old-time radio shows. I wonder … hmmm…

I’ve been listening to a podcast series on podcasting basics and it is turning out to be far more interesting than I thought it would be! I’d only listened to a few podcasts prior and thought they were kind of cool; I wanted to learn more. I started my media career in radio at the…

Dolls don’t talk back. Or do they?

Dolls in all their various forms have been relevant in story telling for thousands of years, if not longer. From stuffed corn husks shaped into forms to ceremonial dolls, to GI Joe and Barbie with their detailed uniforms and designer gowns, to guys with sticks and stones demonstrating game plays in the sand. Perhaps, all…