A Few Words on Stress and OCD

The website “A Guide to Understanding Stress and OCD” states, “Stress can also be thought of as how we react to an event. The classic stress response is the “fight or flight” reaction in which your body activates a number of physical and behavioral defense mechanisms to deal with an impending threat. This includes the…

Remembering The Fallen – Fifteen Years Later

It has been fifteen years since terrorists attacked the United States in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania. Fifteen years. That fateful day brought about changes to the way we do things that have generated conversations from front porches to political campaigns. It changed how we travel, how we react to similar attacks the world over,…

Living With Mental Illness: Anxiety and Related Disorders

“A crust eaten in peace is better than a banquet partaken in anxiety.” – Aesop OK, I am going to round up this series on mental illness with General Anxiety Disorder, and a couple connected hobgoblins. A lot of people misunderstand anxiety with being overly worried. Yes, we all have worries. Many of us have…

Living With Mental Illness: Depression

Depression is probably one of the most misunderstood mental illnesses. In scope, this is because its effects and the number of people who suffer from it. The reasons why it is misunderstood, though, surround the perception that many individuals have or make regarding human behavior. We make judgments on what we see people doing, hear…

Restaurant Etiquette: Proper Tipping

“Frugal is fine, but being a cheap and inconsiderate SOB is not.” – Me A good waiter or waitress (server, for the more politically correct) will work their ass off for you. They will smile at you, say nice things about your unruly kids and make endless runs back and forth to your table to refill your…

A Series Of Unfortunate Events

I wrote this about fifteen years ago. Has nothing to do with religion, but with Easter Weekend coming up and my inevitable commentaries, I thought you’d all get a kick out of a little light reading today… Enjoy! It all started out innocently enough. I was in a thrift store when I came upon a…

A Sea of Plastic is Killing our Oceans…

I don’t often write about environmental issues,  as there are those who are much better at it than I. However, like many of you, I am concerned about our planet. I actively recycle and find myself many times in rather heated debates with certain people who would just let the earth suffer a slow death.…