Do you or someone you know have a quick temper, a short fuse? Someone around whom others tread lightly, careful to watch what they say fearing an angry outburst? Someone like Joe Pesce’s character in Goodfellas?
“Dreaming is a way to pass the time, / dreaming everything will turn out fine; / Dreaming is the only thing that’s mine; / Me, I live in dreams.” Judy Collins
Have you related to daydreams in your life? Do you try to make them a reality, or do you see them as a momentary escape? Or have your daydreams ever inspired you to moments of daring or great insight? Or to a creative achievement in your life?
Have you ever passed strangers on the street, or seen a couple in a restaurant and found that an overheard snippet of their conversation, their expressions, or their body language was so intriguing you found yourself wondering about their lives and imagining their back stories?
Think back about Imagined Lives and share forward!
Prejudice is an injury or damage resulting from some unwarranted judgment of or action upon a person in disregard of that person’s rights.
Have you ever felt that you or anyone you know were the target of prejudice because of race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, or simply because of their beliefs? Have you ever felt a trace of prejudice in your own perceptions or actions towards others?
As the saying goes “Friends are the family we choose.” Indeed a friend for life is a precious gift, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.
What ended the friendship might be the abrupt surfacing of a major difference – all too common since 2020 – or the slow erosion of feeling over the years, or geographic distance, or divergent personal growth. But whatever it is, it hurts.
On Veterans Day we think of the sacrifice of our vets and celebrate their return.
But for many, coming home may be quite stressful as they suffer vivid memories or recurring nightmares; or are met by disparaging anti-war groups and sentiments; or must deal with problems re-assimilating to their communities or returning to work. Or simply because the world that veterans return to may be very different from the world they left.
Are you, or is or a friend or a loved one a vet who faced such a situation?