A couple of days ago, I noticed that a reader had liked one of my posts from February. Now that’s a great thing because it wasn’t one of the stories that was “pinned” to my home page then. Generally speaking, our older posts drift backward in time and out of the spotlight as we write new ones. So the reader had to take a little time to hunt this one down. Or maybe they just stumbled upon it. Either way, I was happy they found it.
And then I noticed that this particular piece, Coffee, had one of the highest number of likes of all of my posts.
Continue reading Shuffled – “Here’s Looking at You Kid”
As you know, I love words and phrases and the way people construct ideas. Sometimes it’s extremely creative, and other times, well, it gives me a nice laugh.
And, I’m back with another set of buzzwords for the workplace.
So, the new terms for today are “Micromoves,” Productive Distraction,” and “Arrival Fallacy.”
Continue reading All the Buzz at Work
I was pleasantly surprised and honored to be nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award! It is given by other bloggers to their fellow bloggers whom they feel display positivity, creativity, and sunshine with their writing.
My blogging friend Carol Hopkins nominated me, and she blesses us all with her poetry and storytelling. You should really check out her blog.
Continue reading Sunshine Blogger Award
Yerba Mansa or the Bear Root
The past few years have held many traumas. Many disintegrations. Many challenges.
A number of failures.
Continue reading Anemopsis Californica
By now, I may have worn my readers out with this whole concept of being “woke.” But since the mainstream media focused most all of its attention on this with regard to male gender roles and the need for men to “wake up” and diverge from the patriarchy, I wanted to come back and briefly discuss women in this regard too.
And I do need to bring to this an end. So, I won’t go too far with this post.
Continue reading Being “Woke” – Part 5 Rewilding and The Divine Feminine
Well, I’ve been developing this series to try to draw the conversation into to what it means to be “enlightened” or “conscious” in our gender roles. Particularly for men.
I’ve talked about matriarchal versus patriarchal societies, the origins of the buzz word “woke” and cultural appropriation, and Alpha and Beta males. So now comes the easy part. The list.
Lists can be helpful, but they can also over-simplify things. Regardless, in this case, I think it’s important to provide that list, or someone else’s list, to serve as a basis of discussion.
So just what does it mean, or what is it supposed to mean if you are a “Woke Dude?”
Continue reading Being “Woke” Part 4 – What Does It Mean? And Who Cares?
In the past couple of years or so, a small cohort of friends and I have entered into our retirement phases. Retirement from careers, that is, not life. In fact, one might say life begins anew at this time.
We suddenly have time to do the things we want. Of course, we have to figure what those are.
And I was having a discussion with one of those friends yesterday about this very topic because he asked me to read over a article he had written about his experiences and how he is now free of the toxic environment in which he worked. It’s a good piece and I hope he publishes it somewhere.
If you’re a Facebook friend you will have already seen this, but here is the reply I sent him after reading his piece. With a couple of minor edits and spacing added for flow . . .
Continue reading A Moment of Reflection – WTF!
A few summers ago, I was up in Michigan visiting family. The focal point, my brother’s home, was crowded so I bedded down at a nearby hotel. It happened there was a lounge in the hotel and so it also happened that taking a break there after reunion time with family each day led me to meet a couple of new friends.
Even if these relationships would be passing in short order, three days to be exact, I would still call them friendships. We bonded over sharing our purposes for our travel and our daily episodes into life.
One of these people was a very beautiful woman, lesbian in sexual orientation. I’ll call her Mary. The other was a somewhat boisterous guy, all American male. Tom. And then there was me.
Continue reading The Beta Male – Being “Woke” – Part 3
Ok, so yesterday I talked about how I had attempted to write a story about the use of the slang word “Woke,” and how I didn’t quite land on the mark with that first draft. The post I was working on is part of a series I’ve waded into about the fray between gender roles, well, maybe gender behavior says it better. See my previous posts, “Query” and “Tse’itsi’nako – Thought Woman ‘Being Woke’ – Part 1.”
So, here’s take two – on the Bullshit post. 😊
Continue reading Bullshit – Take 2 – Being “Woke” – Part 2
Yesterday, I posed an open-ended question regarding women’s and men’s gender roles and the concepts surrounding modernity’s spin on “re-awakening” in these roles. And the comments have been great and insightful!
But before I travel down that path of personal pontification over what I believe I’m currently witnessing in this regard, I wanted to relay another story. A story about a matriarchal society. And in some ways, I’m not sure it’s accurate to call it that.
Perhaps “balanced” is a better word.
Now I love aboriginal creation stories. Some people refer to these as myths, but I would say no one story is better conceived than any other and we might all learn something if we stop and take a breath once and a while. Open ourselves up to wider perspectives. Expose ourselves to other cultures and different avenues of thought, reasoning, creativity, and belief.
Continue reading Tse’itsi’nako – “Thought Woman” Being Woke – Part 1
So, I’m walking backwards today. I’ve often said I do things backwards in life, in terms of my career growth, progression of tackling various challenges, both mental and physical, etc. But today, I’m applying this to writing a post for the blog.
I usually get some type of thought bubble, stumble upon related materials and then try to link them all together. A draft comes together. I polish and post it. And I enjoy, and learn from, the comments that follow.
Today, I’m going to ask for comments before I write. Yes, the backwards approach.
Continue reading Query
The wind picked up as I hit the fourth mile mark. The warm breeze wrapped around my face and lifted upward and to the East.
It had been a cool fifty degrees when I started my trek an hour and a half earlier, but once the sun crested thirty degrees above the horizon the temperature had been in a steady climb and was fueling the wind gusts that reminded you that the invisible vapor we breath is a powerful force. One not to misjudge. It is tornado season after all.
Continue reading The Star Beneath Our Feet
A number of days past, I made a post titled Wildflowers where I pondered the evolutionary adaptations of plants. How their beauty, shape, and the perfume of their flowers attract certain pollinators to ensure the propagation of their species.
Naturally, I simply enjoy their beauty, regardless of how it came to be. 😊
Then yesterday, I stumbled upon an article discussing the theories of “adaptive adornment” versus “arbitrary beauty.”* And I must admit, those terms are much more scientific and deliberately descriptive than my own ponderings.
It seems that Darwin had a second theory apart from natural selection – sexual selection.
Continue reading Beauty – Adaptive or Arbitrary