Secrets, fear

You may think your secrets are particular to you alone, but most likely plenty of other people have the same secret. Don’t assume no one will understand, if you want to tell. You may be surprised who will come forward to listen.

Relationships, trouble

Maybe you can’t entirely get rid of the troublemakers in your life, but you can stop listening to them.

Expression, consideration

Is expressing your opinion so important that it’s worth hurting someone’s feelings?

Trees, the future

Isn’t nice that someone planted that tree so long ago, because you really enjoy its shade now, don’t you? Say thank you to that unknown person. And while you’re at it, do you think you could maybe plant a tree for someone else to enjoy some day? Think about it.

man walking along a path under some trees mixed media, 2013

man walking along a path under some trees
mixed media, 2013

Encouragement, example

If you are wondering if you can keep going, check the ground at your feet. Take a look at that caterpillar moving across the sidewalk, full of purpose, oblivious to the danger he’s in from human pedestrians, predators who may spot him in this exposed situation, or how much ground he has to cover with his tiny little legs just to get anywhere. The sight may encourage you.

Warning, locomotion

If you are a cyclist, look out for chipmunks running on to the bicycle path, because they don’t look.

If you are a chipmunk, look before running out on to the bicycle path. You won’t, but it has to be said.

If you are a cyclist, shouting at the chipmunk to move will not work. Ringing your bicycle bell will.

It’s a timely topic because June seems to be chipmunk season. But that’s enough for today about chipmunks. You could also try these tips on human pedestrians and see if they work, if chipmunks aren’t available.

Home, contentment

Breathe a sigh of relief. Take off your shoes. Sit down. Your troubles are outside the door.

If there is any place where you can feel this way, you have found a home.

at home now.

at home now.

People, relationships

As groups, people can really get on your nerves. As individuals, though, the focus changes and the unexpected happens – the kind of thing that makes your day. Maybe if you try to take things one person at a time, it will be easier to get through the day?

Superstition, luck

Superstitions have nothing to do with good or bad luck and everything with how you want to think about things. Still, it’s not going to hurt you to take a few precautions, will it?

Chair and cat - @ 6" x 4" - collage - 2002 (?)

Chair and cat – @ 6″ x 4″ – collage – 2002 (?)

An explanation for this post, beyond the obvious date – this morning I was running along a trail in the park when a black cat ran across my path. Literally. I slowed to a walk to think about things. Should I keep going – given that it is Friday the 13th? The cat stared at me from the side of the path as I edged up to him, careful not to cross the invisible line he had made across the trail. No, no sign of any white paws, chest, or patches of hair. I decided to be prudent and turned around. The cat looked at me, obviously quite satisfied with his day's work, and then ran off into the bushes.

It just seemed to be a good idea, today, not to tempt two superstitions at one time.

But then there is more to the story. Two people very important to me, Margaret and Liv, have their birthdays today, and – both of them were born on a Friday the 13th. It's been good luck for me to encounter them in my life, I think.

So maybe I need to personalize my superstitions a bit?

Anger, destruction

The angrier you get, the angrier you get.

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