A Healthy Suspicion

A little girl I know believes in the tooth fairy.  I know, everybody believes in the tooth fairy, don’t they, but Alice is next level.  She won’t be shaken.  Because she’s been told by her parents that the tooth fairy comes and – well – the evidence is overwhelming, because she put her tooth under the pillow and there was money there in the morning.  What more proof could you want? [To read more, click on the title]

Relief Valve

The seal on the milk bottle I was trying to open was proving stubborn, so I prized a little harder, being ultra careful not to make a mess, when, despite my concentration, the thing flipped in my hand and burst free, spurting milk all over my t-shirt and the infant in my arms.  Unsolicited, unsummoned, a vile obscenity spurted from my mouth.  “Drat!” I said, … [To read more, click on title]

Take a Risk

You’d think we’d take greater risks as we get older.  Young people take risks.  They have their whole lives ahead of them, so much to live for, and yet seem willing to take inordinate risks with their time and choices and fitness and health.  Older people, not so much.  Yet, having completed a substantial part of their lives, having (perhaps) achieved their goals, having seen their children out of the nest … you’d think that would be the time to step out, do something radical or outrageous … [To read more, click on title]