Can you spare some change?

What’s the deal with change? People are terrified of change. Even when they hate their lives (or some aspect of them) people will keep doing the same things they’ve always done. Fear of the unknown, concern about what might happen if things change, causes people to be risk-adverse. I once knew a woman who despised her job, her office, her bosses. She was moved to a new job without her consent, and dug her heels in, refusing to decorate her new office, even though she disliked the furniture and the color of the walls (which she could have had repainted). She could have retired and either become a volunteer doing something she loves, or found another job, but instead remained in the same job. It was easier remaining in a job she couldn’t stand than to take a chance and do something new. When I look around, I see lots of people who are afraid to take chances. They might … Read more…

A brief thought…

What if everything that you perceive, everything around you, was just a projection of your own consciousness? What if everything you know to be true about your life and everything that you have learned, seen or done, is actually just one really large dream? How would you know the difference? And how much would you change the way you lived your life and looked at the world?

If you could only follow one blog…

Dear followers of my blog (and all others who find your way here), I’m curious to learn what people like to read online, and what they value from a blog. Are they looking for news? Humor? Family updates? Cat photos? Recipes? Celebrity gossip? Thought-provoking fiction or in-depth analysis of issues? With that in mind, I have a question. If you could follow only one blog, what blog would it be? (It can be hosted anywhere, and doesn’t have to even be a WordPress site.) Or, if that question is too hard, answer this: is there a blog for which you read every post as soon as you can? Then… tell me about that blog. What’s interesting about it? Why do you like it? Why would you recommend it to someone else? Please let me know about your favorite blog in the comments. (Also, no fair promoting your own blog, because I know you read that one!)  

Bruised Egos

By Jackie Dana Winner, Fourth Place, The Eighth Annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest, 1999   “Give me the daggers,” he demanded in falsetto. From the first day he walked into class I knew Mr. McGinty wouldn’t be like our other teachers. Maybe it was because he was Australian, a foreigner. Maybe it was also because he used to teach at a boy’s boarding school. Didn’t he joke that it was going to be hard to adjust to teaching girls? He didn’t do things the way everyone else did, that’s for sure. Instead he set his own rules as it suited him. We were reading Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and he had assigned us each a part. “It’s a play. We won’t treat it just as cold words on a page,” he explained, his deep accent sending us all swooning. I wanted to view the play as he did. Maybe that’s why when he chose the other parts, I really hoped he’d … Read more…