Another Convention, Another Dose of Strength and Self-Worth

I spent most of last week feeling pretty lousy. Between humid nights, stressful days, and a stomach bug that left me unable to finish my meals, I had a hard time sleeping at night. Work kicked my butt in ways I didn't even notice; I started training a new employee, making my office hours fly by, and I clearly was not drinking enough to stay properly hydrated. Then on Thursday evening, I drove to Cleveland straight from work. I had spent most of the day feeling half-sick, but once I got to my hotel room, I finally started to relax and unwind. I knew it would be a great weekend, because I was attending my third Supernatural convention.

A Little Less Confrontation

Over the past few weeks, my office has been conducting interviews to fill another key position vacancy, and while sitting at my desk trying to tackle my increased workload, I can't help but listen in on the questions being asked of the candidates just down the hall. One question that comes up in every interview is how does the job applicant deal with conflict. This is a common enough question in a job interview, and one that should be expected. A number of the applicants have stumbled over their answers however.

The Bad Side of Nostalgia

Summer can be a time of nostalgia. Family vacations, festivals, days trips to local interest spots all bring back memories of our childhoods as we share favorite places and activities with our new friends and children. But nostalgia can also bring with it melancholy. Sometimes I've found this to be true for me, and over the years, I've learned to identify certain things that, even though I love them, I know will drop me into a period of depression.

When Life Conspires to Hamper You

We've had another series of wet, rainy days here in Western Pennsylvania over the weekend, and the meteorologists are predicting such weather will continue throughout the week. I love this sort of weather. It makes it easy to excuse staying inside with a cup of tea and writing. However, circumstances still conspire to get in the way of such activities despite the opportunity provided by Pennsylvania's spring weather... Please click the title to read more...

The Greatness of Green, Growing Things

Western Pennsylvania's weather has gone from winter into summer over the past couple of weeks, bypassing what should have been spring. People should be outside, preferably around nature in some form or another. There have been numerous studies pointing out the benefits of including green, growing things in one's surroundings... Please click the title to read more...

The Journey to Here

I mentioned in one of my earlier posts that 2016 was not a good year for me. I didn't get into details in Why I’m Not (Insert Goal Here) Yet… because I felt they would distract from the point of that post. But I think now is as good a time as any to go over what happened in my life that year... Please click on the title to read more...

Work Stress

I typically post on Mondays, but this week I'm a day late due to spending the weekend working one of the biggest festivals in my county. Although preparations for this festival start months in advance, those of us setting up the grounds have designated the two weeks before and the one week after as Hell Weeks 1, 2, and 3... Please click the title to read more...