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Walls Bound, Do You Re-Bound?

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What happens when you “hit the wall?”

So much wisdom in such a simple sign. When thrown against a brick wall, tennis balls and baseballs both bounce back.  But the baseball isn’t quite as resilient as the tennis ball, and neither is the wall.

Here’s how Daniel A. Russell, Ph.D., of the Graduate Program in Acoustics, Pennsylvania State University, explains the phenomenon:

When an object, like a ball, is thrown against a rigid wall it bounces back.  …If the collision between ball and wall is perfectly elastic, then all the incident energy and momentum is reflected, and the ball bounces back with the same speed. …If the collision is inelastic, then the wall (or ball) absorbs some of the incident energy and momentum and the ball does not bounce back with the same speed.

Which is a fancy way of saying that Continue reading » Walls Bound, Do You Re-Bound?

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Make Your Bed

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Do you set boundaries for yourself – not boundaries for others – but boundaries for you?

Make your bed.

— What God told Patsy Clairmont

I confess, I don’t make my bed every morning.  Nor do I sweep the kitchen floor every day.  Heresy, I know.  But I do OD – overdo – in many other aspects of my life.  And I’m beginning to think that it’s time for me to set boundaries on all that OD-ing.  Let me explain how I arrived at this conclusion – and why the admonition to “make your bed” propelled me there.

On Friday evening I was playing channel roulette – searching for something on cable TV to entertain me as I relaxed after a day of OD-ing.  Mind you, I’d accomplished quite a lot simply by returning over and over to the looooong list of assignments (business, personal and household) that had accumulated over the past five days.  This is how my week had gone: Continue reading » Make Your Bed

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Dang, It’s the Holidays!

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This December,
That love weighs more than gold!

— Josephine Dodge Daskam Bacon

And we’re off… on the rush to get from Thanksgiving to Christmas and get everything done that needs to be done.  Somehow, we need to shove 8 weeks of shopping, cooking, entertaining, partying and traveling all into the four weeks between the two holidays.

I suppose that there is some comfort in the hurley-burley of racing around and getting things done.  It helps us to not notice that our nest is empty or our parents have gone.  If we’re busy focused on the tasks, maybe we won’t Continue reading » Dang, It’s the Holidays!

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Morning Glories!

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How quickly the wondrous becomes the worry!

Tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes!

— William Wordsworth

There are moments that smack you in the face with their magnificence and my first glorious glimpse of the bright purple Morning Glories cascading over my neighbor’s stucco-ed wall, well, they WOW’d me!

Each morning as I embarked upon my “hill walk” challenge, I admired the beauties and noted their increasing abundance. And then I missed Continue reading » Morning Glories!


Speaking Up for the Introvert

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The best thinking has been done in solitude.

— Thomas Alva Edison

I am on vacation this week.  The only responsibilities I have are investing and writing posts for the blog. (WHAT, you take a vacation and don’t work??!!!)  As part of pampering myself, I’m catching up on Charlie Rose.  Five nights a week, Charlie invites someone interesting, or famous, or powerful or sometimes all three at once, to his table and has a conversation with them.  [amazon-product text=”The Social Animal” type=”text”]140006760X[/amazon-product] by David Brooks had just been published and Brooks was doing his book tour.  Hence, he was Charlie’s guest for the hour. (I don’t mean to be overly familiar but I’ve been watching Charlie for sooooo long that I figure I can call him by his first name.)

The Social Animal is fiction, based on Continue reading » Speaking Up for the Introvert