• Pausing Feline
    Changes,  Health and Self-Care,  Miscellaneous,  Newsletter,  Writing

    Time to Act Like a Cat–and Pause

    Time to act like a cat–and pause. Have you ever noticed it doesn’t matter to a cat where it rests or naps? Or when or on what piece of furniture? Or in what position–belly up, draping its legs this way and that? Oh, to be so relaxed that it doesn’t matter. We humans live under too much stress to act like a cat. Yet, I’m going to try. I managed to do it once before and then lost it. In 2005, I enjoyed a three-month sabbatical with my last employer. Obviously, it was to my credit that my temperament improved from the law firm and its lawyers. At the end of my time…

  • Book Review,  Memoir,  Nonfiction

    Once We Were Strangers by Shawn Smucker | Review

    There are days when I wonder if this world can continue to exist under the current load of hate and misunderstanding and evil, when I wonder if the hearts of all people can somehow find an antidote to racism and virulent nationalism and a concern only for ourselves. We are born to these things as sparks fly upward, I suppose. I know I am. My friendship with Mohammad has been both the diagnosis and the beginning of a cure within me. Synopsis In 2012, Mohammad fled his Syrian village along with his wife and four sons, escaping to Jordan through the wilderness. Four years later he sat across from Shawn Smucker in a small conference…