It’s OK to Fail; In Fact, It’s a Good Thing

It’s OK to Fail; In Fact, It’s a Good Thing. When I was a kid, I played the violin. I can’t say how good I was, but I always compared my playing to my teachers’ playing and to that of professionals like Itzhak Perlman and Isaac Stern. They made it look so effortless, and I…

Eight Books Worth Reading

Eight Books Worth Reading. Check out this article on Eight books that everyone should read. How many have you read? What books would you add to this list?

You Should Be Writing

In November, I challenged myself to do the National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) task of writing a novel in one month. I have tried this before and failed miserably. This time, I am happy to say, I failed MUCH better! I didn’t write 50K words as the site suggests, but I did manage to write…

How To? You’re Doing It Wrong

Any time I have read a “How To” article, I have not sought it out with a sense of confidence in my ability. I have searched for help because I felt lost, ignorant or incapable in some way. When it comes to “How To” articles about writing, this is particularly scary. Bonnie Grove at NovelMatters…

Originally posted on Suddenly Brilliance:
We think of our mind and body as separate entities that are often at war with each other. Thich Nhat Hanh teaches that the body is a treasure. This audio clip is an excerpt from a talk that he gave on January 1, 2013 at Plum Village. From the posting:…

Faith and Family: A Kwanzaa Story

The seven-day celebration of Kwanzaa takes place between Christmas and New Year’s Day. A friend of mine, James, throws a big party on one of the days inviting family and friends to learn about the holiday and to share stories and ideas about the principle for that day. For the uninitiated, each day of Kwanzaa…

Ask A Silly Question…

Ask A Silly Question…. Why are silly questions important? This article gives new insight!  

Take Two Cats and Call Me in the Morning.

Not long ago, I came home from work with an anxiety attack. My heart was beating so fast and so hard that I could feel it in my throat. My breathing was shallow. I felt as if I was about to jump out of my skin.  I knew what was happening and decided to try…

Fat Girl’s Lament

It was inevitable. And I probably didn’t make things any better for myself by not having had anything to eat all day but a Nissin Cup of Soup. So, when I went to the mall to pick up a few things, I might not have been in the best of moods. After shopping in the…

SEL Layer 13: Ego

Lain finally has things figured out now, but do you? Realizing that she has been the cause of all the turmoil, she makes the ultimate sacrifice. What does that mean about her in the end? Read the questions and the discussion page on amdmathews.com and at http://anime-night.grouply.com/, then post your own response here!

SEL Layer 12: Landscape

Lain thinks that she has figured everything out. We se her now interacting with her friends confidently. However, Arisu is quite troubled, and she manages to change Lain’s mind about the need for a body. Read the questions at http://www.amdmathews.com, and write a response to this episode here!