Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters
lyrics by B. Taupin
(c) 1972 Dick James Music Limited
Way back in the Dark Ages when I graduated from law school (1986), I first learned about parking space envy. I had no idea a flat space lined with concrete could be such a status symbol. I came to realize that it’s not the size that matters, but the location. Continue reading →
Winter is much easier to take when I’m hiking on the trail.
At the corner
Of Three Chopt and Wright
The traffic rushed past me
As I waited for the light
I’m on the way to work
It seems I was just here
Waiting for the light to change
Was that yesterday?
My life’s an endless circle
The scenery’s the same
The traffic light the only thing
That ever seems to change
Yet even it
The weather cycles too
From winter to winter and then
While I sit here looking upward
The sun shines through again
And sooner or later
Everybody’s kingdom must end
And I’m so afraid your courtiers
Cannot be called best friends
The King Must Die, lyrics by B. Taupin
(c) 1969 Dick James Music, Inc.
In earlier posts, I have discussed the causes of depression. Research indicates that at least one cause of depression is physical. At the same time, depression is a complex illness and can also be caused by environmental factors such as abuse, conflict, major events and medications.
One of my doctors once told me that one of the signs of being an adult is being able to discard some of the things our parents taught us. Continue reading →
This is the first time in my life that I have felt hopeful about a new year starting. I’ve never felt this way before. 2014 was such a difficult year for me, with so many changes, uncertainty and unexpected events. 2015 can only be better, right? Even if it’s not, I’ve been through so much and not only survived, but persevered and thrived, that I know that no matter what life throws at me, I will be able to weather it. Now that is a new feeling for me. Continue reading →
It’s not a coincidence that the Biltmore Estate is going to mount an exhibit called “Dressing Downton” in March 2015. The owners of the Biltmore, which is still in private hands and still run by members of the Vanderbilt family, are savvy when it comes to attracting tourists to their 175,000 square foot mansion/palace/castle/chateau.
Moreover, there are parallels between Downton Abbey, a fictional place and a fictional upper class/semi royal family, and the Biltmore, which is a real place owned by a real family of U.S. type royalty–the Vanderbilts. Americans who can’t afford a trip to England to see Highclere Castle, the fictional home of the Crawley family, can visit the Biltmore instead. I doubt anyone who visits the Biltmore is disappointed.
Let’s face it– we are all voyeurs. We love to read about the rich and famous, whether real or fictional. The Vanderbilts of Biltmore have all the required elements of a great story: wealth, love, tragedy and mystery. Continue reading →
The mother of invention made it good for me
Tighter in the rear
Longer in the seam
Kicked out yards of leather
Wrapped around her waist
Trimmed it to perfection
And left a little space
Since God Invented Girls, Bernie Taupin
(c) 1988 Big Pig Music
Is it Bajingo or Bazinga?
Vagina. What a word. Three syllables. Six letters. But powerful. When I was growing up, you never, ever, ever, EVER said that word in public. We also didn’t talk about menstruation, usually, but sometimes we did. But we never EVER said the word vagina. Not even at slumber parties. And we certainly never said the word in front of members of the opposite sex. We never said the word penis either, for that matter, but that’s another story. Continue reading →