• Clash of Concepts

    November 27 – Cool

    OK, be realistic. You had to expect when you saw today’s word that I would bring this up. This is probably the last time during this month’s project that I will write on this subject—since we’re this close to the end, I can be pretty confident of that statement. Here goes “Cool”: My mom had a favorite song. Many nights when I was growing up, I watched Mom and my aunt—and sometimes Mom by herself—dance to “Long Cool Woman” by The Hollies. Mom was a phenomenal dancer—I loved watching the carefree way she moved to the beat. Sometimes she danced the Jitterbug, sometimes freestyle, always beautiful. She danced to the…

  • Clash of Concepts

    November 26 – Communicate

    How often do we communicate what we need? Our true feelings? Our desires and passions? What are we communicating if we aren’t showing our true selves to those we love? Are we being fair in what we do communicate? While I strive to be a positive, upbeat person, I must admit, I frequently communicate negative thoughts, words and emotions, especially in the past year, and especially against myself. I am often hardest on me—and by default—the other half of me—my husband. I am unfair. I am angry. I am unyielding. But I’m willing to change. I want to start communicating what I need without the expectation that anyone needs to…

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    November 25 – Nondescript

    Is it true that older generations were content with living nondescript lives? Did a lack of chaos or drama equate to a good life? Were people who found nondescript jobs they kept until retirement living the dream? Even with the Great Depression, economic conditions seemed to have more stability. People put the vibrancy of their lives into families and homes, not in the jobs they pursued. Or, at least, that’s the perception. What does it mean to have a nondescript life? Is that good or bad? What about being a nondescript person? Take me, for example. I prefer to stay in the background, but I don’t desire to be a…