If This Isn’t Nice, What Is?

What is happiness? And do you notice it? What is happiness? In the closing pages of his short book of musings, A Man Without a Country, Kurt Vonnegut offered me an unexpected image of happiness I carry with me to this very day: Here’s Vonnegut: “But I had a good uncle, my late Uncle Alex. …

When is it lying or storytelling, and how do we know?

Question: What is the difference between storytelling and lying? For the answer I’m turning to an interview with Diane Setterfield, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Thirteenth Tale, Bellman & Black, and my favorite, Once Upon a River. Setterfield when asked about the difference said this, “Storytelling is a way of telling …

My Life As Compost

How did I begin thinking about my life as compost? Well, I had a lot of garbage in my life: betrayals, incest, losses, adversities, failures, and set-backs. What do you do with all that? I was one of the lucky ones who found story. I was offered chances by people who knew the secret of …

Women Of A Certain Age. Really???

Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. “Age is a case of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it don’t matter.” [Satchel Paige] What does matter is all this chatter about “women of …

60 Seconds Story Prompt Friday What Do You Love

We interrupt the news to say: the heart is an organ of fire. What do you love? What draws you to it? Tell that story and hang on to the truth. Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds for Story Prompt Friday with several questions carefully chosen to help you collect …

60 Seconds Work As If You Are A Better Nation

Do you think it was easier when folks were able to make their mark in the early days of a nation? You yourself might be making a better nation today. Find your place. Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and …

60 Seconds What Is the Secret of Life

Coming to you from Whidbey Island, Washington this is 60 Seconds, your daily dose of hope, imagination, wisdom, stories, practical tips, and general riffing on this and that. What are the chances that you could learn the secret of life in 60 Seconds? I’d  say pretty good.  Stop on in and listen. Among the many …

60 Seconds How to Choose What to Zoom

So few hours – so much Zoom! How to chose what to Zoom! Who could have foreseen the benevolent overload presence of Zoom in our pandemic lives? Here’s a tip to make the Zoom Zoom choosing easier. In some ways it reminds me of our grocery store aisles – at least our grocery store aisles …

60 Seconds Story Prompt Friday When You Were Too Young To Remember

60 Seconds Ready to Imagine Another World.

I spoke the other day about how I’m watching our species move from a When Species to a How Species in response to COVID-19. Looking ahead I’m curious about what we will be willing to stand up for? Speak out for? Fight for? I was one of the lucky ones who was taught poetry in …