Monthly Archives: May 2016

Day 1237: Immortality

Some say that human beings are the only creatures aware of their own mortality. I say that a yearning for immortality, of some kind, affects most of us.

People can seek immortality through

  • art,
  • religion,
  • their children, and/or
  • their work.

Where I work, I found this message about immortality:


Should I submit any of my other pictures from yesterday to the hospital’s research study on human immortality?








Last night, at live piano karaoke, I sang an immortal song:

Speaking of (im)mortality, I killed it.

Any thoughts or feelings about immortality? If you leave a comment, it will live forever in my heart.

Immortal thanks to Judy Garland, my handsome son Aaron, the Red Sox, the hospital where I work,  piano karaoke, people who are so good and so caring and so close, and you — of course!  — for reading this all-too-mortal post.

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Day 1236: Your Core

If somebody asked you to write, draw, craft a poem, or otherwise express yourself about “Your Core,” what  would you core-ageously create?

Here are my core creations  from a therapy group last night:



Because confidentiality is a core value of any therapy group, I will not reveal what others expressed about their cores. However, I will tell you that a core member of the group shared this from her core, as we were rounding the last core-ner of the group session:

The universe is more generous and gracious than we think.

That got me, to my core.

In my core, I believe synchronicity is a core force in our generous and gracious universe. Here’s a core photo I coincidentally took two hours before last night’s core group:


Do any of my other photos from yesterday connect to your core?







Music inspires me to the core, so I’ve been singing more, lately, from my core. Tonight, I’ll be joining a core group of 25 singers for  Piano Karaoke. (If you want to get to the core of how Piano Karaoke works, click here.)

Here’s my core list of possible songs for tonight:

Mad World

The Lion Sleeps Tonight

Cry Me a River

Blue Bayou

It Had to Be You


Mack the Knife

Lush Life

You Are Too Beautiful

Pretty Women

Michael from Mountains

They Can’t Take That Away from Me


Over the core-se of three hours tonight, I will sing about a half dozen songs from my core. Do you have any core suggestions of which ones I should perform?

Of core-se, I’m going to share some music in this core post. Here’s the tune that’s touching me to the core, here and now:

Watching that YouTube video, I notice even more core synchronicity. Tonight, my  18-year-old son Aaron is giving somebody a prom core-sage. And, he’ll be wearing his first tuxedo, as elegant as Fred Astaire.

Here’s something they can’t take away from me.


I hope, to my core, that my core readers know that gratitude is a core value of this blog.

Many thanks, from my core to yours.

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Day 1235: How do you let go of stress?

Three hundred and seventy-seven days ago, I wrote and let go of a  post called “A dozen ways to melt away your stress.”

Here it is, over a year later, and I’m still working on letting go of stress. People in my therapy groups are still working on that, too.


I can’t stress enough how much stress comes up in therapy.

One way I let go of stress is taking photos.














Groucho Marx, who said “I intend to live forever, or die trying,” helps me let go of stress.

Here’s Groucho letting go of stress by setting limits and expressing his feelings:

Here‘s a documentary stressing the importance of Groucho Marx:

How do you let go of stress?

As usual, I’m going to end this post by stressing my gratitude for all those who helped me create it and to you — of course! — for visiting.

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Day 1234: Travels

As my eye travels over the title, above, I notice that my daily blogging travels have brought us to a particularly interesting number.

1 … 2 … 3 … 4 … Ready for more travels in this post?

The people who included my therapy group in their travels yesterday chose the topic “travels” as the focus of the work of the group. The group traveled to that choice after traveling to many other important issues, including family, being present, depression, anger, comfort, discomfort, comfort foods,  connections, being alone, difficult people, optimism, fear, finances, delays, luck, judgment, letting go of judgment, what we can control, and time.

During the time of that group, my mind traveled to all these places:




I hope you don’t feel lost as I share other photos I’ve taken on my recent travels.











When my boyfriend Michael, my son Aaron, and I traveled to Starbucks last night for coffee and no cookies, my traveling iPhone took these pictures of Aaron with the New York Times:


Because Aaron has never picked up one of those before in his travels, Aaron is asking Michael, “How do you operate a newspaper?”

How about a little traveling music?

At this time next week, I’ll be traveling around  the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, USA, to consult with another cardiologist about my rambin’ and traveling heart. My heart hopes for many more wonderful travels ahead.

Good travels to all who helped me create this traveling post and to you — of course!  — for including this blog in your travels today.

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Day 1233: Take Care

At the end of a social interaction,  I often take care to say “Take care” instead of

  • see you later,
  • have a good one,
  • ciao,
  • au revoir,
  • adios,
  • ta ta for now,
  •  so long,
  • farewell,
  • auf wiedersehen,
  • adieu, or
  • goodbye.

Sometimes, I take good care to say, “Take good care.”

When people hear “take care” or “take good care,”  I wonder how they take that?

In therapy sessions, before I say “Take care,” we often discuss self-care and other ways to take care of oneself and others.

Yesterday, I took care to take some photos, which I shall take care to explain.


Somebody is taking care, there, to announce the presence of a Masshole driver. If you are not from Massachusetts, I will take care to explain that  “Masshole” is a variant of a common anatomical insult, which I often take care not to use.


I take care to take pictures of things I find curious.  Is that driver taking care to tell us he works in the oil industry?  If so, what else does he take care of?


My work computer is taking care there to alert me about a previous failure. How am I supposed to take care of that? How do we take care of any previous failures? I took care by following advice I take care to give people. That is, I took care to forget about that past failure and moved on for the rest of the day. Thankfully, my computer took care to forget about it, too. For now, I’m a fan.

I take care to take pictures of people taking care to express themselves. One of the care-taking doctors where I work had taken care, over the weekend, to add another sticky to a funny poster about new diagnostic codes. You can take care of seeing more of that poster in a post I took care of last year,  Day 1005: What is success? 


I’m taking care there to make sure that people take care to remember to page Social Work if a patient needs somebody caring to take care of them immediately. I hope we take care to add another caring person to take care of Wednesdays, soon.


I take care to use hand-outs about self-care in my therapy groups. If I take good care  to remember the first question on that self-care handout, I believe it’s “What does self care mean to you?”


I took care to take that photo of a caring poster about mammograms.

When I got home, I took this caring photo of our cat Oscar, taking care to sit in his new cat bed.


My boyfriend Michael took care of me and my son Aaron by taking care to cook another delicious meal.

Taking care of  the music today is this song from The Sound of Music

… which relates to the beginning of this post, if you take care to re-read it.

Now it’s your turn to take care of the comments.

Take care, everybody, and thank you for reading!


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Day 1232: Did you get it?

Did you get the title of this post?

If you get it, what does it mean to you?

To me, “Did you get it?” means that

  1. Situations can be confusing.
  2. Communication can be challenging.
  3. There are obstacles to complete understanding.
  4. Humor is personal and subjective.
  5. People forget things.
  6. Someone is always trying to sell you something.

Did you get that a photo I get on my iPhone can get me to write a post?


Did you get that photo?

Did you get that my son was in a play by Shakespeare this past weekend?




Did you get that they used lacrosse sticks instead of swords in that production of Henry IV, part 1?

Did you get that I blog every day, so you can get more about that play by reading my last two posts (which you get here and here)?

Did you get it that I get it into my head to share other photos I get on my iPhone, every day?













Did you get it, that

  • mindfulness is good anti-stress therapy,
  • there are hidden treasures everywhere, and
  • ultimately, only you know the secret formula to life?

What did you get out of this post?

Did you get that I’m grateful, here and now?


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Day 1231: Ducky

Yesterday, when I was a ducky Backstage Assistant for the  second performance of the ducky Arlington Children’s Theater (ACT) production of Henry IV, Part 1 (starring my ducky boy, Aaron), one of the ACTors, with the ducky name Racer, showed me these pictures of his ducky collection:



I think it’s about ducky time for  a ducky  definition of “ducky” from ducky Merriam-Webster.

Simple Definition of ducky
: very pleasing, delightful, or attractive

Full Definition of ducky
duckier duckiest
1  darling, cute <a ducky little tearoom>
2  satisfactory, fine <everything is just ducky>

Examples of ducky in a sentence
<if you don’t want to come, that’s just ducky with me>
First Known Use of ducky

Rhymes with ducky
lucky, mucky, plucky, sucky, yucky

It’s interesting to me that most of the words that rhyme with ducky mean the opposite of ducky.

According to your plucky and lucky blogger, the weather yesterday was neither sucky, yucky, nor mucky. It was ducky.



After I took those luckily ducky photos, Aaron picked out a ducky tux for a prom he’s luckily and pluckily attending next week in ducky Arlington Massachusetts.


The experience was especially ducky because Paschal


was duckily attentive, helpful, and kind. Aaron and I thought it was very ducky that Paschal is graduating law school on the same day as Aaron’s prom, next Friday. Paschal thought it  very ducky that Aaron will be lucky enough to be attending a ducky university for four years in non-sucky Edinburgh, Scotland.

One of the most ducky ACTors appearing in that plucky production of Henry IV, Part 1 is Katie, who was one of two ducky Falstaffs.


I was lucky enough to capture Katie pluckily demonstrating her ducky fat suit before last night’s performance. I can’t tell you, for certain, whether everybody in Henry IV, Part 1 was ducky, mucky, sucky, or yucky on stage last night, because I was backstage the entire time. Based on the first night’s performance, though,  I assume everybody was quite ducky.

Before I share the rest of all the ducky, mucky, plucky, sucky, and/or yucky photos I took yesterday, here’s a ducky song.





Does anything in today’s post seem especially  lucky, mucky, plucky, sucky,  yucky, or ducky to you?

Thanks from lucky me to all those who were plucky enough to help me create this ducky post and to you — of course! — for being ducky enough to read it.




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Day 1230: Boys and Their Families

This is my boy, Aaron, expressing appreciation for his family:


Aaron’s mother took many pictures of her boy last night as he appeared in a Shakespeare play about a boy and his family, Henry IV, Part 1:



Many members of my boy’s family were there to see my boy perform as the boy prince, Hal.

One member of my boy’s family expressed pride and well wishes for her boy, in the play’s program:


Earlier in the day, somebody at work sent me this, about a boy and his family:


I assume some purr boys and girls with families might now want to sing this song:

Certain boy’s family members like to take photos. Here’s the rest of my family of photos from yesterday:







Since my boy was a little boy, he has spent a lot of time with his  talented “roguish, onion-eyed” friend Cameron, who has a lovely family. Cameron has appeared with Aaron in  previous posts, including Day 833: Be Kind and  Day 1093: What are you eating/What’s eating you.  Here’s Cameron, heavily padded as Falstaff, from last night:


Aaron’s blogging family member now wishes to express her gratitude for all those who helped her create this “Boys and Their Families” post and to all the boys and girls reading this, here and now.

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Day 1229: Self ____

How would you — self motivated to read this blog — fill in this self centered blank?

Self  ___

Do you have the self control to fill in that self fulfilling blank, before you read the rest of this self possessed post?

If that is not self sufficient, I self consciously include some self referential guessing music.


Self endowed, now,  with an answer for self ____?

Yesterday, I had the self confidence to facilitate two self started therapy groups.

The first group had the self awareness to self protect with the topic “Self Care.”

The second group had the self esteem to self select the topic “Self Love.”

Here is my most recent self generated photo:


Doesn’t Oscar look self satisfied?

I now have the self preservation to notice that other self generated photos from yesterday could provide self contained captions for Oscar’s self satisfaction.





Want some “Self Esteem” from The Offspring?

Speaking of offpsring, I shall now demonstrate self pride by self proclaiming that my offspring Aaron has a lead role in a Shakespeare play this weekend.

I hope I’m not self deluded, expecting self expressive comments here.

Self caring thanks for reading today!


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Day 1228: Danger

Yesterday morning, when I was facilitating a therapy group, I drew this picture


which shows a fish in danger.

Yesterday afternoon, when I was in historic Lexington, Massachusetts, USA, I took these two photos, one after another:




For many reasons, I tend to notice potential danger, in the present and in the near future.  Do you?

In my personal and professional lives, I spend a lot of time trying to figure out how much danger people are in, as well as how to negotiate and respond to fear. It makes sense for us to be Fearful of Danger, but how can we accurately assess how much danger we’re in, during any particular moment?  Fear  of danger can save us to live another day;  it can also paralyze and imprison us.

What dangers are you in danger of seeing in my other photos from yesterday?















With all the danger, destruction, death, and dragons we deal with, I sometimes suggest this helpful phrase:

It’s safer than it feels.

Is there any danger of my forgetting to  express gratitude at the end of this blog post?




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