Be angry. If you are not angry, you are either a stone or you are too sick to be angry. Now mind you, you must not be bitter. Bitterness is like cancer. It eats upon the host. It doesn’t do anything to the object of its displeasure. So, use that anger, yes! You write it. … Continue reading Maya Angelou’s advice for Dave Chappelle
I was flipping through my notebook, in which I keep various inspiring quotes, and was reminded of this text. It is attributed to Chief Tecumseh, but since I found it on the Internet and didn't do any research on its authenticity, I feel like a disclaimer is needed here: I am not really sure those … Continue reading Chief Tecumseh’s words of wisdom
"There is no time to hurry." I heard this sentence somewhere recently and it reminded me of a situation. One morning, I was getting my kids ready for preschool. It was a lot like most of our mornings. I was running around, playing the various checklists in my head on repeat, yelling at my kids, … Continue reading There is no time to hurry
I went back home recently. To Poland. It was time. I felt like I needed a break from work and home stuff and I kind of wanted to go on my own, but, at the same time, I knew I would go crazy without seeing the kids for a week. (Also, financially, things have not … Continue reading This might be controversial – does feminism make us cool?
I love me a good story. Fiction is fine, but stories written by life are so much more compelling if you ask me. I just finished “Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart” by James R. Doty, MD. What a remarkable path … Continue reading The Alphabet of the Heart
I liked Tool’s 10,000 Days album very much when it came out in 2006, but, for some reason, I didn’t listen to it much in the past several years. Last week’s concert reminded me of this record (they played Jambi and Vicarious), so, this past weekend, I played it several times and rediscovered the amazing … Continue reading Wings for Mom
I love Tool. I fell in love with their music nearly a quarter century ago and, as other artists came into and went out of my life, I have remained a faithful fan of this band. First, it was the sound. How original it was. The sense of depth or, I don’t know, spaciousness of … Continue reading Maynard is a mystic. And I like him for it.
Our daughter came home from kindergarten with a couple of scratches and a bruise on her neck. Where did that come from? I asked. M. tried to choke me. (Gasp) And what did you do?! (Head down, shoulders slumped) I was trying to tell him politely to stop. I was hit by a wave of … Continue reading This might be controversial but no, I don’t think words hurt as much as actions do
Have you heard the song True Colors by Justin Timberlake and Anna Kendrick from the Trolls movie? Something about this line always makes me feel a little emotional: “I see your true colors and that's why I love you” I think we rarely let people see our true colors. We are afraid of being vulnerable, … Continue reading True Colors
I wrote this post several weeks ago when my family went to see Grandma for a few days, so, chronologically, it is not accurate, but the gist of it still applies. I decided to take it easy last night: get some takeout, some dessert, watch some mindless things on the Internet. I knew I should … Continue reading Pleasure vs Joy