Gathering Thoughts young woman with red hair in white dress on ocean beach by Steve Henderson

Sometime Before We Die, Let’s Get Off The Phone

Before Michael Caine classed it up in Interstellar, the 2014 revisit of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night was a poem that English majors read. The most recognizable work by Welsh poet Dylan Thomas, the work was (it is said) inspired by Thomas’s dying father. It urged him to…
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Autumn Memories rural country house in autumn by Steve Henderson

Interior Decorating: What’s Right For Your Home?

We are a fad-addicted society. If we’re not buying Cabbage Patch Dolls, pet rocks, smaller and smaller phones, or larger ones, we’re obsessing about our homes: are they Traditional style? or Provincial French? Shabby Chic? Modern? Retro? Coastal-themed? Urban? How about Eclectic? While this last category seems it should take the pressure off of following…
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The Hairpin charcoal drawing of young woman sitting thoughtfully at table by Steve Henderson

Pursuing The Wrong Goals

If you’re tired of working “smarter, not harder,” and feeling like you must be dumb because you’re not getting the results you want, then maybe it’s time to rethink your goals. I know what we’re told — by the business, religious, educational, and social seminar gurus that shape our lives if we let them: Be…
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The Cult Of Efficiency

What is it that makes a good human being? In today’s society, which is heavily influenced by the “news,” entertainment, and corporate media, this becomes a bit of a trick question, because although we intrinsically know the answer that ensures the continued existence of the human race  — “Someone who is kind, compassionate, gentle with…
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Swagger and bravado, which we equate with confidence and ability, are usually nothing more than swagger and bravado. Image credit

The Confident Idiot

Confidence and competence are not the same thing. While this sounds obvious, anyone who’s been in a classroom, office, church meeting, or military setting has encountered the bold, self-assured person who steps forward and tells the people in charge, “I am competent in this area, and I have the answer.” Those in the ranks who…
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