Category: Short & Sweet

Report from the Street: Voices of the Homeless

It began as a a New Year’s resolution: “Do something each day that takes you out of your comfort zone.” Interacting with people living on the streets was at the top of that list. Like many of us who reside in proper homes, I preferred to look away. But for more than a year, I listened to homeless...

At a Hollywood Funeral

My neighbor died after a long illness. Until his last year, when he was incapacitated by infirmities, he’d enjoyed a rich and meaningful life, a full life, creating memories and children, wealth and legacies. When he expired at the home he had occupied for nearly 50 years, he was almost 93. At his funeral, the...

Prayer for Another Ten

Let me be patient and let my kindness overflow the normal bounds of decency. Let me be patient and let my kindness bathe your wounds. Let me be patient and let my kindness radiate into the darkest corners. Let me be a salve. Let me be patient. Let me love you for another decade, another...

A Righteous Application of Misanthropy?

Have you seen any of the popular listicles enumerating the Top 5 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet? The Top 3? If not, can you guess the Number One Thing You Can Do to Save the Planet? Hint: It’s not “switch to LED bulbs.” Going full vegan is almost the strongest move. So...

Our Bodies, Our Decisions

There’s a simple nostrum nutritionists and trainers employ to encourage wellness in their clients: You wear your fat. It’s another way of saying  your body announces to the world the consequences of your behavior. Imagine applying each doughnut directly to your thighs, each bottle of beer to your belly. Instead of a Facebook post, you merely need to...

The Joy of Standing

More than four years ago, we got rid of the desk chair in our office, replacing the old  cushioned throne with a Swiss ball, one of those large, semi-squishy orbs that force the sitter to engage her core. The ball did wonders for our back. But the old sitting problem persisted: our hip flexors, locked in an...

How to Placate a Screaming Child

Have you raised a child? Trained a puppy? Gone through puberty? Then you understand from experience the most intelligent and wise response to a petulant tantrum: give the child the attention he craves; validate his melodramatics; reinforce the idea that if the screaming-crying-barking-saber-rattling is persistent and annoying enough, the screamer will get what he wants. Everyone...

Being More Like Billie

She loves everyone. That’s a good place to start. As the world seems to be getting angrier and crueler by the hour, our 10-month-old puppy, Billie Henrietta Konik, seems to be getting sweeter and kinder. Yes, of course: she’s the cutest, most adorable creature ever, as all dog owners understand about their pet. But what’s impressive...