Playing God and Robots

Playing God and Robots

Recovering from codependency is kinda like living in Florida—days go by when everything is sunshine. Then wham! out of nowhere, you’re hit with a surprise storm and find yourself drenched head to toe standing in the onslaught, wondering how it snuck up on you from a...
Even Sick Moms Get a Little TLC from “Dad”

Even Sick Moms Get a Little TLC from “Dad”

Being a mom is often a challenging task. Being a sick mom  and taking care of sick children can be onerous. I’m living in that “o” zone right now. The only reason I’m writing is because I need to give my aching bones and muscles a break from lying in bed. While I was...

A Good Trade

Up until about 10 years ago I had 15/20 vision. That means that I saw at 20 feet what most people see at 15 feet. Now at 51, my vision degradation is palpable—I have to wear reading glasses for any font smaller than 16 points. As a Language Arts teacher and writer who...

How You Be Lovin’?

Whose definition of love do you live by? It is such a simple yet profound question especially since most of us formulate our definition of love first from our parents and then from the world around us. Maybe that’s why so many are insecure since we view others through...

All the Clues We Missed

I love movies. I love eating popcorn and milk duds as the previews roll. I love snuggling into my pillow as “Feature Presentation” lights up my widescreen. I love films with intricate plots that drop subtle clues along the way. And I love movies with surprise endings...

What’s Your Default?

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times: I’m a control freak by nature and–thank you, Mom–by nurture as well. It’s what I’ve defaulted to time and time again when chaos threatens the order of my world. I also default to Oreos and milk before bed,...

I Defy You

I defy you. You would have me see the world your way. You would have me play by your rules. You would have me use lies and manipulation, deceit and flattery, subterfuge and silk to win a prize of smoke. I defy you. You would have me climb into the muck and wrestle...

How to Get a Spiritual Six-Pack

She had no beauty, distinction or grace to attract us to her, nothing in her appearance for which she might be desired. Familiar with both sorrow and suffering, she was actually reviled and rejected by men. Like someone from whom men avert their eyes in disgust, she...

Sex, Sloth, and the Sugar-ites

In the 60s, it was sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll. Fifty years later, sex still tops the list (that probably won’t ever change). But strutting in spots 2 and 3 are the vices American capitalism cedes around the world like headlice—sloth and junkfood. The rest of the...

Just Like My Sisters

Eve did it. So did Sarah. And Rachel. Adam fell for it. So did Abraham. And Jacob. And I’m sure if I continued through Genesis, I’d find more. More of the same control games that still go on in the lives of men and women today. EVE: Honey, look. Isn’t this beautiful?...