Monthly Archives: December 2015

A pet owner’s most dreadful day

Despite good times with friends and family this holiday season, there was an undercurrent of sadness and anxiety when we thought about our dog, Zoe. We knew a pet owner’s most dreadful day was approaching. We postponed the inevitable doing things we said we’d never do, e.g. putting her in diapers and pretending it was a normal […]

Joy to the World!

Luke 2:2-20, New International Version (NIV) 2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of […]

What is Joyful About Living in Darkness?

On Winter Solstice the sun rose at 7:09 a.m. and set at 3:45 p.m, marking Maine’s shortest day. The clock still ticked through 24 hours, but we groped around in the dark for most of them. Darkness has gotten a bad reputation; associated with evil, fear, and gloom. Apparently I’m missing some depressed brain cells, because living in […]

Can the Generic Holiday Steal Christmas?

There is a lot of emphasis today about ensuring that the Holiday-That-Happens-on-December-25th is generic. I was curious about this, and contacted the Boss of All Holidays, also known as BAH. I scooped an exclusive interview for Shallow Reflections™, and I think you’ll find his or her observations all-encompassing. Me: Why is it so important to avoid […]

12 Christmas Gifts for What Ails Us

How are you doing with your Christmas shopping? Tired of buying ties, electronics and cheap plastic stuff for people who have everything? One evening while watching a Christmas commercial followed by a drug commercial, ten of my remaining brain cells leaped like lords. What if we bought Christmas presents for what ails us? This would create a whole […]

Resume Writer’s Block

Despite an abundance of ‘blogs in progress,’ I recently experienced a bad case of writer’s block. Let me explain. Everyone in our office is being downsized, right sized, restructured, laid off. I thought I could retire. But my financial advisor shook her head, gave me an encouraging pat on the back, and suggested I update my resume. And now I have resume writer’s […]