Last week I ran into the grocery store to pick up a few things. Diced tomatoes.  Check. Cereal.  Check. Bread.  Check BIZ.  Huh? It was a mystery.  One I’d written down myself only twenty minutes earlier, and still I stood there in aisle nine staring helplessly at the baking powder and flours, as if they might offer me up some sort of clue as to what BIZ was supposed to be. But I got nothing.  A brain fog—or my… Read more »

This weekend I watched a bit on a news program that questioned the power of positive thinking. “If things don’t go well, if you get sick, or if you lose your job, or fall into poverty, it must be your fault because you weren’t sending the right thoughts out into the universe,” said Barbara Ehrenreich, a breast cancer survivor and the author of Bright-Sided: How Positive Thinking Is Undermining America. According to Ehrenreich, Americans discount reality for “magical thinking,” and… Read more »

    All week I’ve been reading great flash fiction written by my fellow campaigners, most of which start with The door swung open and end with The door swung shut. So, it was interesting when I also read an inspiring memoir, Hope Will Find You, by Naomi Levy that offered a new take on the following saying: When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do… Read more »