Posts Tagged With: South Shore of Boston

Day 2028: Comparisons

Not to make comparisons, but I’ve written two previous posts about the cognitive distortion of comparisons (here and here).

We compare ourselves to others, with ourselves coming out short. For example, “I’m not as smart (or good, competent, good-looking, lovable, etc.) as that other person.” Or, we compare ourselves to how we think we should be, or how we’ve been before. We might think that comparisons help motivate us, but they usually make us feel worse.

Yesterday, in a therapy group, we focused on comparisons.


I believe the human mind is built to make comparisons, in order to make meaning of what’s around us.  However, when we compare ourselves to others, the resulting blows to our self-confidence and self-esteem can be beyond compare.

I’ve been making a different type of comparison lately.  I compare the blog posts I’ve written after and before the November 2016 USA presidential election and I see  differences. Less joy.  Less hope.  Less confidence in the future.  Less faith in humans to be respectful and kind.

Some might compare me to a snowflake.  Personally, I don’t mind being compared to a snowflake — each one is beautiful, intricate, and unique.

Let’s see how the rest of my photos compare to the one I’ve included above.







When I search YouTube for “comparisons,” most of the results have to do with money and wealth — not particularly useful comparisons.

If we don’t realize all animals are beyond compare, we will continue to lose more and more to extinction.  Here’s a video showing comparisons of animal size:

The most recent comment on that video includes this: “Fake news.” I now compare my life to how it was before I heard that phrase so frequently.

Here‘s one result for “comparisons music.”

I look forward to comparisons in comments, below.

Now it’s time to compare  two ways of my expressing gratitude to all who helped me create another “comparisons” post and — of course! — to YOU.



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Day 2023: Great _____

Great Scott!  My first great question for my great readers on this great day is this: how would you fill in the great blank in today’s great title?

I love these great birds I keep seeing near our great home, which is not in Great Britain.


In my great tags for yesterday’s post, I posed this great question about those great birds: “herons or cranes?” I did a little bit of great research and found these great facts:

  1. Herons and cranes are not related.
  2. Herons fly with their necks and heads tucked back and cranes fly with their necks and heads extended.

Even though I’ve been watching these great birds for a year, I wasn’t sure how they hold their great necks and heads when they fly. This great photo from yesterday didn’t supply any great information, either:


So I went for a great walk last night, purely to observe those great birds in flight.   And those great birds tuck their great necks back.  A great friend of mine texted me photos of different types of birds and I can now say without any great fear of contradiction that those birds are …. (great drumroll) ….





Great Egrets!

Although it’s possible that some of my great readers might know better. One thing I’ve learned in my great life: never be greatly sure about anything.

Anyway, I had a great day yesterday and I hope you enjoy these great new photos:

Some great questions about the above photos:

How many great egrets can you see here?


What exactly is nature’s candy?


Are these really Texas watermelons?


Did you know that yesterday was National Ice Cream Day?


What in the great wide world is this?


Here’s a great list of great songs with the word “Great” in the title:

While there are many songs there which would be great for this post (including “Great Sandwich” and “Great Speckled Bird”), I choose this one, with great singing from a great chorale in Great Britain:

I greatly look forward to great comments, below.

Great thanks to all who helped me create today’s post and to all my great readers, including YOU!


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Day 2004: A Word

Can I have a word with you?

Yesterday was a day when I added an amalgam of A words to a whiteboard.


Are any of those A words applicable to anybody at all?

In the afternoon, I expressed another A word about words on the news:


Any A words addressed anywhere below?


After a day like yesterday, Ann needs a moment to say “Ahhhhhhh.”

Here are additional A words.

Ann announces an admiration for anyone who leaves a word, below.

Another A word:


A word of gratitude for all is always available here.


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Day 1981: Believe

Believe that this is only the second blog post I’ve ever written with “believe” in the title.

Believe that the first one was written EXACTLY three years ago.  (I believe this link will get you to that other post.)

Believe that this wondrous coincidence was created by my noticing this yesterday in the back of a car:


Believe that I noticed all these other things yesterday, too.



Believe that yesterday we saw a mango …


… and a cat on a leash on a Massachusetts beach.



Do you believe that it’s always cool to be kind?


I do!

Believe that this is Nick Lowe singing his song:

I believe there will be comments on this post about what you believe.

Believe that I always end these posts with many thanks to all who help me create them and — of course! — to YOU.



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Day 1968: Give love, get love.

Time to give away where I get today’s topic.


Let’s give this a try: replace the word “love” with other words.  Get it?

Give hate, get hate.

Give indifference, get indifference.

Give anger, get anger.

Give generosity, get generosity.

Give the benefit of the doubt, get the benefit of the doubt.

Give a little bit, get a little bit.

Give a lot, get a lot.

Give pain, get pain.

Give healing, get healing.

Give advice, get advice.

Give room, get room.

Give beauty, get beauty.

Give ugliness, get ugliness.

Give honesty,  get honesty.

Give lies, get lies.

Give violence, get violence.

Give hope, get hope.

Give suspicion, get suspicion.

Give up, get up.

Give a damn, get a damn.

Give resentment, get resentment.

Give forgiveness, get forgiveness.

Give heart, get heart.

Give an opinion, get an opinion.

Give wisdom, get wisdom.

Give passion, get passion.

Give doubt, get doubt.

Give thoughts, get thoughts.

Give feelings, get feelings.

Give respect, get respect.

Give notice, get notice.

Give meaning,  get meaning.

Give a piece of your mind, get a piece of your mind.

Give peace of mind, get peace of mind.

Give photos, get photos.


Give nourishment, get nourishment.


Give a caption, get a caption.

“Give a Little Bit”, get a little bit on YouTube.

Give a comment below, get a comment below.

Give thanks, get thanks!


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Day 1962: It’s not the end of the world

It’s not the end of the world.  We know this, because you are reading this blog.

“It’s not the end of the world” is something my parents used to say to me in the 1960s, especially during times when I thought the world was ending.

“It’s not the end of the world” is a phrase I repeat to myself and others, to reduce the cognitive distortion of catastrophizing.

It’s not the end of the world, even when you visit a place called World’s End, which could have been the site of the United Nations or of a nuclear power plant, instead of the park and conservation area it became in 1967.







It’s not the end of the world when your Global Positioning System initially takes you to a neighborhood in a nearby town instead of the real World’s End, especially because there was beauty there, too.


It’s not the end of the world when you can’t find the perfect song for a blog post, like I did today.

It’s not the end of the world when you temporarily lose your phone and can’t share  photos you collected the day before, because in this life, you often get a second chance.





Thanks to World’s End, my late parents, my GPS system, the late Emilio Navaira, and — of course! — YOU, for making it to the end of this post.

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Day 1952: We Are One.

On Friday, when I was one of  many patients seeing a doctor at Tufts Medical Center, this was one of the photos I took:


This morning, when I was researching the concept of Hungry Ghosts, I  became one with these words by Rumi, who believes we are one.

This is how a human being can change:
There’s a worm addicted to eating grape leaves.
Suddenly, he wakes up…
Call it grace, whatever,
something wakes him,
and he’s no longer a worm.
He’s the entire vineyard,
And the orchard too,
The fruit, the trunks, a
Growing wisdom and joy
That doesn’t need to devour.

With growing wisdom and joy, I  believe we are one.  Do any of these photos show that we are one?







One of those photos reminds me of this one joke:

What did the Zen master say to the hot dog vendor?  “Make me one with everything.”

There are more than one “We Are One” songs (which are currently one with YouTube here, here, and here).


In the end, we are one with gratitude.


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Day 1946: Have you got all day?

Yesterday, when I had all day to

  • walk over 16,000 steps,
  • attend  a presentation about working with trauma in group therapy, and
  • go food shopping with Michael,

I saw this:


I AM curious about that person’s hedgehog, but I haven’t got all day to hear about it.  I actually haven’t got all day to do any one thing. Every day, I like to mix it up, leaving room for

  • listening,
  • talking,
  • walking,
  • animals,
  • people,
  • working,
  • playing,
  • thinking,
  • feeling,
  • breathing,
  • music,
  • eating,  and
  • balancing my needs with other people’s needs (like talking about their hedgehogs or whatever else is important to them).

I also don’t have all day to write these posts and I assume you don’t have all day to read them.  But I do have all day, every day, to notice what’s around me.












We have got only so many days in this lifetime, so how do we want to spend our days?

It won’t take all day to listen to “The Hedgehog’s Song” by The Incredible String Band.

I’ve got all day to experience gratitude, so thanks to all who helped me create this post and — of course! — to YOU.


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Day 1945: Adventure Awaits

Yesterday, when I was on an adventure awaiting the end of a wonderful day, I saw this.


I love seeing life as an adventure, even when things happen that I don’t like. It’s good to know that wherever I am, adventure awaits.

Exactly a year ago, after awaiting a long time, I first saw the house where we now live.  Thus began our by-the-sea adventure.

New photos await, from yesterday’s adventure.




An explanation awaits for that last photo — it’s a memorial at a high school for a beloved teacher. The complete works of William Shakespeare include this quote about adventure:

The day shall not be up so soon as I

To try the fair adventure of tomorrow.

SgtPepper1200’s original song “Adventure Awaits!” awaits you on YouTube.


The comments section awaits you, below.

No need to await my gratitude for all who helped me create today’s post and — of course! — for YOU.


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Day 1931: No outlet

What happens when there is no outlet for

  • feelings,
  • thoughts,
  • beliefs,
  • opinions,
  • uncertainties,
  • vulnerability,
  • strengths,
  • talents,
  • honesty,
  • secrets,
  • pain,
  • pleasure,
  • differences,
  • connections,
  • needs,
  • disagreements,
  • the urge to move forward,
  • the wish to stay still,
  • learning,
  • self-expression,
  • growth,
  • communication,
  • self-doubt,
  • self-confidence,
  • mistakes,
  • humanity,
  • creativity or
  • vision?

One of my outlets (for all those things and more) is this daily blog, where I can share what I experience within and around me.

Another outlet for me is music (found here and here).

What are your outlets?

Letting out my gratitude for all who help with this daily blogging outlet (including you!) is another great outlet for me.

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