Luck of the draw?

I’ve been thinking a lot about my family lately. No particular reason, at least as far as I’m aware.

Maybe it’s because of all the recent Facebook backlash. Like so many, I’m not happy about the role they played in the Russian meddling and Cambridge Analytica data breech — but am loath to disconnect because it’s such a great way to keep up to date on all the comings and goings of friends and family who live elsewhere.

Maybe it’s because of Easter and Passover. I’ve written before about how we weren’t particularly observant, but we Continue reading

Despite all the gloom and doom …

Last week I wrote about the sorry state of the world. Ironically, at around the same time I was feeling overwhelmed by it all, a ‘gratitude’ challenge was making Sunrise1the rounds on Facebook. It was really interesting, and inspiring, to see what people were sharing.

I’ve been thinking about it ever since — and about the coincidence of the timing — and realize it’s for an important reason; and it carries an important message: No matter how bad or challenging life may seem we must acknowledge the good, what is working, what’s right, what’s positive.

Which doesn’t mean to say we should stop questioning, or paying attention or ignore what’s wrong or never feel sad or turn our backs on those who need our compassion and help. But we do have to learn to be grateful, to thank our lucky stars.

In my case, there’s a lot to be thankful for. Starting with the fact I woke up today. I know that sounds cliche, Continue reading

Day 152. Great Start

We’re just a few days into the New Year, and already I am lucky enough to have a fellow blogger think my blog is worthy of recognition.  Just the other evening I realityblogawardreceived an email from the young woman behind the blog, Cancer In My Thirties, telling me she was nominating me for the Reality Blog Award.

I can’t tell you how touched I am.  With everything going on in her own life, to think she even takes the time to read my blog amazes me, thrills me and humbles me. I hope you read her blog.  Her willingness to share what she’s going through, and the honesty with which she writes, really deserves your time.  You won’t be sorry, trust me.  She is a courageous and inspiring woman, is all I can say.

There are no ‘rules’ that go along with this one.  There are some questions; and because they are different from all the others, I am going to answer them.  So here goes:

1.  If you could change something about your life what would you change?

Nothing.  I stand by the decisions and choices I’ve made.  Mistakes and all.  I get to do the one thing I have wanted to do since I was a young girl.  I am a writer.  How lucky am I?  Sure, when we get the chance to look Continue reading

Day 34. Bizarre Beliefs

My palm was so itchy this morning it woke me up.  I looked to see if I had a rash or dry skin.  Nope.  Well, I thought to myself:  “I guess that means I’m coming into money.”  It was a tantalizing enough thought to get me out of bed.  No dawdling.  And then I thought that maybe I’d write about superstitions today.  So I did what I always do.  I Googled them.

And that’s when I found out, for the first time, that if your left palm is itchy, you’ll come into money — but only if you scratch it on wood.  To my great pleasure, it was my left palm so that’s what I did.  Thankfully wood is in plentiful supply in my apartment.  Reading on, however, I discovered that it is, in fact, your right palm that has to be itchy in order for you to receive money.  Your left palm means you’ll be dishing it out.  Hmmmmm …

I apologize to all the members of my family and close friends with whom I would have shared my new-found wealth.  I just hope that scratching on wood doesn’t make it worse.  When you knock on wood it’s supposed to prevent bad luck, so that’s what I did.  Right away.  Hopefully it will all just balance itself out and I’ll be no worse off than I was before my itchy palm woke me up.

To distract myself from both my left and right palms, and what I might or might not have to look forward to, I decided to look into more superstitions.  Most of us are familiar with many of them:  Not walking under ladders, making sure black cats don’t cross your path, making sure you blow out all the candles on your birthday cake with one breath, four-leaf clover, Friday the 13th, finding pennies.  But I’m pretty sure that you’ll be surprised at some of what I found.  Did you Continue reading