On being gregarious when things are precarious

I used to think that I wasn't gregariousbut now that everything seems so precariousand sometimes even just downright nefarious,and everyday pleasures grow mostly vicarious,I see my old thinking as almost hilarious. Image by claudia martinez from Pixabay Stay well, my friends, and keep your distance. B.J.

The New Desiderata (2003)

Pulled from the archives... With apologies to Max EhrmannDesideratum = something desired as essential. – Merriam-Webster Go noisily among the silent and apathetic and remember what virtue there may be in saying what you think. Suffer not the fools of the earth but be on good terms with all others. – Think carefully before you … Continue reading The New Desiderata (2003)

On reading to an audience

My legs shook as I stood in front of the others in my 6th grade class to deliver a mandatory speech, every bit as hard as they shook the first time I stepped onto the high diving board at a swimming pool in West Des Moines. At Beaverdale Books in Des Moines, Iowa The sheer … Continue reading On reading to an audience

Expecting things to last forever

When I was a boy, I expected things to last forever. Then I learned that toys and families break, that friends move away and new friends are made, that loves and loved ones are lost and found. That joy and sorrow coexist and that nothing stays the same. Transient, too, are the wonders of the … Continue reading Expecting things to last forever