Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stranger Things

While vacationing in Orlando, in addition to the warm weather, we experienced a series of unexpected events. For instance, somehow during our association with aliens and crossing the time-space continuum on Universal’s Men in Black ride, my watch went haywire. Initially, it lost an hour and after a second check, the whole face had shifted a half inch to the right.

I’ve worn watches on roller-coaster rides, in lightning storms, and in one hundred degree temperatures, but the watch never changed in appearance or altered time. Maybe Universal’s ride is actually a disguise for this type of research:

Do you believe? Whenever a scientist tosses around Einstein’s name, our ears perk up and the discussion gains instant credibility. If time travel to the future is possible one day, what do you anticipate seeing?     

Friday, June 17, 2016

What are the Chances?

After entering the restroom, I closed the door and glanced down to see a huge centipede trapped half-way in the door jamb. Seconds later, it wriggled free and crawled away, leaving several legs behind. Moral of the story: Always close the bathroom door.

But seriously, think about it. What are the chances that, at the perfect moment, a bug would slip into the restroom in time to get smushed in the doorway? If that doesn’t amaze you, listen to this:

I can’t confirm the veracity of those stories, but they make you wonder and consider   changing your name to “Hugh Williams.” Timing is everything! I don’t believe in coincidences, but I do believe everything has a backstory or an afterstory (a made-up word), even when we don’t completely understand how the pieces fit together.  When have you witnessed a time when two events miraculously coincided?       

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Damage Control

What intrigues us about seeing animals wearing clothes? Maybe it’s because they look so darn cute, and yet, so wrong. It’s those two conflicting thoughts that keep our eyes glued on cats in dresses and dogs in pants. Animals dressed in clothes usually look uncomfortable and confined from living the way they were born to live. See how this makes you feel:


As you saw, no smiles there. The pictures were surprising, amusing, and sad, all at the same time. Don’t ask me how they got the elephant to do that, it probably took a patient seamstress with lots of thread. It looked, and probably felt, awkward.  What persona have you ever worn, knowing it conflicted with your true self?

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Password to Paradise

Mistyped passwords cause problems. This week, after trying to access one of our family accounts, I just couldn’t open it. For some reason, my husband opened it on the first or second attempts. Once I finally got the password working, my family offered to celebrate my “big accomplishment” with a special dinner. They’re funny people. Maybe I should have saved time by changing the password and keeping it undercover for a few days.     

Whenever you start a new account, you need to create a fresh password—unless you commit the big security no-no by using the same code for everything. Regardless of the codes we enter, if we don’t know the right password, we’re in big trouble. Watch how they affect us:

The guy outlined several of our most frustrating password challenges. If you could create the perfect password to access joy and happiness, what would it look like?

Friday, May 27, 2016

Hot! Just Like Fire

It appears our wet spring might morph into a scorching summer. We longed for summer weather and here it is, but some folks are already complaining about it. “Too hot, too hot,” they groan, and the humidity hasn’t even kicked in. Some people believe the temperature’s perfect because, for them, it can never be too warm. Personally, I prefer the milder spring and fall temperatures when there’s no sweating or freezing. At least we don’t have to deal with this kind of forecast: 
Just another day at work. He acted as though the situation was all part of the plan and kept going. We should, too instead of allowing unexpected snafus to detour us from the hot pursuit of our goals. Let’s borrow the letter carrier’s motto, “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” and change it to neither sun, nor humidity, nor heat of day keeps a persistent person from their appointed purpose. Now for the big question: What is your passionate purpose? 

Saturday, May 21, 2016

More Than a Survivor

Survivor’s season finale aired this week. After watching several episodes, I understand why the show draws large audiences. Beside the exotic locations, the competition, the health challenges, and the gamesmanship, each episode showcases regular people striving to complete extraordinary tasks. Fans relate to the show because the cast, on one level or another, reflects our struggles. Whether it’s at school, work, home, or with family and friends, we’re navigating obstacles and managing responsibilities that shape our views of who we are and what we can do. Watch how these workers let attitude drive outcome:

We don’t have to be confined to a secluded island to find out how far we can push ourselves or unleash our best selves. Life offers that opportunity every day. What’s the one thing that will help you to not just survive, but thrive?  

Saturday, May 14, 2016

One Step Away

The last place you’d expect to fine adorable wildlife is at the mall—the mall parking, to be exact. Earlier this week while exiting the lot, I spotted a trail of birds, a family of about five geese, tottering along the side of the road. An adult goose let the pack, three little ones followed and—here’s what surprised me—another adult brought up the rear. That’s a big job. Those babies weren’t disappearing without the parent goose realizing it, yet every spring the news covers stories of baby geese falling into holes, setting off elaborate rescue missions. Here’s what happens when someone’s watching over you:  

 It feels good having someone watch your back. Who’s watching yours?