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The phrase “tough love” is believed to have originated from the title of Bill Milliken’s book “Tough Love”, in 1968. It has since become a catch phrase for any kind of stern, blunt, cold, punitive, and even harmful way of … Continue reading
It seems impossible to believe now but there once was a time when beauty pageants commanded the TV spotlight and families gathered in the glow to see which woman would tearfully accept a crown and ascend to her role as … Continue reading
I’m grieving. Again. Not for the dead but for the loss of the living. Fred says I should get over it, ignore it, not talk about it. There’s a logic in that, I guess. But I keep coming back to … Continue reading
“Kris, tell your dad it’s dinner.” I can’t count how many times in my childhood I played messenger for my mom while she gave my dad the silent treatment. That phrase is too sterile in my opinion. “Silent treatment”, it … Continue reading
Something pretty great happened last week. Great, unexpected, awe-inducing, and more words that describe an event so completely out of left field that almost a week later I am still shaking my head and asking myself, “Really? Did that happen?” … Continue reading
“No one talks about what happens when following your passion leads you off a cliff.” ~ Twitter user whose name I cannot recall I suspect, because humans are creative and curious by nature, that we have been dreaming big and … Continue reading
If you graphed the activity level of my life with Prez, you would see a pattern–peaks and valleys, stretches of empty schedules followed by periods of “too busy can’t talk now!”. Like most things, this is our own fault. Nomadic, … Continue reading
Anniversary season has begun. “This time last year…” But that is not why I’m writing this. Well, it is and it is not why I am writing this. Two important movements are happening in North America right now, both of … Continue reading
February 2, 2016 Today I’m writing from the base of Mount Shasta, in California, in the world’s most comfortable chair, looking out over a trout pond ringed by patches of snow and sturdy pines. This is the second-to-last stop on … Continue reading