Monthly Archives: February 2018

2/18/17: I’m One of “Them” (Channeling the “Other Side”)

I’m one of “those people” I’m one of “them” I’m one of those “other” people Could you ever call me friend? I’ve got a whole lot of opinions You’re on the other end I've spent a lifetime defending them They do not easily bend It’s almost like I’m from another planet So much different from [...]

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2/17/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part Five, Disobedient Civility)

"Civility is claiming and caring for one’s identity, needs, and beliefs, without degrading someone else’s in the process.” ----- Tomas Spath and Cassandra Dahnke, Founders, Institute for Civility in Government -------------------------------- It's a normal weekday on the job and I'm waiting to pick up one of my regular passengers. There are no others on board and [...]

By | 2018-02-18T11:58:10+00:00 February 17th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 2/17/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part Five, Disobedient Civility)

2/16/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part Four, Bringing it to the Table)

“It’s partly because we are neuro-biologically hardwired for belonging and connection. We’re hardwired to want it, and need it so much, that the first thing we do is sacrifice ourselves and who we are to achieve it.” —— Brené Brown ------------------------------------------------- I'm having breakfast with my housemates. Conversations ebb and flow... occasionally joyous, occasionally uncomfortable, occasionally [...]

By | 2018-02-16T11:17:24+00:00 February 16th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 2/16/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part Four, Bringing it to the Table)

2/15/18: Slow-Cookin’ Chili Sauce

I can feel it burn Smacking my lips And the caldron churns As I wiggle my hips Yea... it’ll make you move It’ll get you hot Like the kind of grove You just can’t stop Bubble and burp Burble and bop Simmer and slurp Slither and slop Slow-cookin’ Chili Sauce Slow-cookin’ Chili Sauce Slow-cookin’ Chili [...]

By | 2018-03-21T10:51:18+00:00 February 15th, 2018|Song Lyrics|Comments Off on 2/15/18: Slow-Cookin’ Chili Sauce

2/14/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part three, Happy Feet, Missing the Beat)

He was so lonely. Among all these people and while actually engaged in an interaction with a person looking straight at him… ----------------------------------------------- As I sat with my good friend in another part of the bar, I kept thinking of the man we'd just left... still talking to the young woman at the door of [...]

By | 2018-02-16T01:31:47+00:00 February 14th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 2/14/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part three, Happy Feet, Missing the Beat)

2/13/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part two, That Lonely Feeling)

"Everyone knows that experience of being surrounded by people and feeling completely alone." —— Brené Brown ------------------------------------- I was at a live music venue with a few good friends when this man I barely know approached me and shook my hand. He said nothing. There was pretty loud music playing but the band (that I wanted [...]

By | 2018-02-13T10:53:43+00:00 February 13th, 2018|The Life of Brian (In the Now)|Comments Off on 2/13/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part two, That Lonely Feeling)

2/12/18: Unconsciously Choosing Paradox (Part one, Conscious Unconsciousness)

"I think our need to push away the word “paradox,” and the need to — our need for either/or, not “and,” is driven by our lack of capacity for vulnerability. It’s really hard to straddle the tension of yes/and. It’s really hard to straddle that, “Yes, I want to belong, I want to be a [...]

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2/11/18: Song for Jackie

  I see the blue skies above me, and the sun it does shine. As the green grass below caress these happy feet of mine And the breath of life within me fills my heart and blows my mind Like a song Like a song I hear the birds sing the melody as the ocean plays [...]

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2/10/18: Looking for Love: Muddy, Meandering Paths to Myself (Part Seven, Dancing with Myself #2)

I'm skipping a head in time a bit for this post to the story of my high school prom. I'm doing this because it is consistent with the stories of yesterday's post about my experiences at school dances in elementary and jr. high school. I'll eventually get to other stories from my high school days, [...]

By | 2018-02-25T11:42:32+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Memoirs|Comments Off on 2/10/18: Looking for Love: Muddy, Meandering Paths to Myself (Part Seven, Dancing with Myself #2)

2/9/18: Looking for Love: Muddy, Meandering Paths to Myself (Part Seven, Dancing with Myself #1)

It really is a jungle out there in the teenage world. A scary and confusing jungle of thoughts and feelings one must deal with in order to somehow navigate, find a place, a partner and perhaps… to dance? ----------------------------------- I doubt I was much different from any other twelve-to-thirteen-year-old boy of nearly any time in [...]

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