Cool Head and Warm Hands

When navigating a crisis, whether personal or public, walking that narrow bridge between keeping calm, cool and collected and begging for help is where I usually find myself.  Many of the recent Ragtag Daily Prompts ("Sangfroid, "Hold My Hand," and "Looking Within") are pretty good thumbnail sketches of the various mental and emotional states most…

Grace-Full

  Predictably, upon seeing yesterday's Rag Tag Daily Prompt of "Graceful," images of ballerinas, swans, and supple yoga practitioners popped into my mind.  None of these images fit my modus operandi, not today, not ever.  I have managed moments of gracefulness, I am sure, but as a general rule I'm a duck, not a swan. …

What Do Your Eyes Behold?

"Beauty is in the eye of the beholder."  That may be true, and there is certainly no one definition of beauty.  But the perception of beauty varies widely depending on the individual beholder, and the eye of the beholder is influenced by the prevailing social ideas about beauty, often with negative consequences for those whose…

Living Until the Curtain Falls

Newly retired and eager to prove that my life was still going to be useful and exciting, several years ago I set up my blog and named it "The Golden Years Revisited." From the name it was obvious to me that I believed most of the myths about retirement and growing older.  In a youth-obsessed…