Browsing All posts tagged under »dreams«

Pick a Career, any Career

June 10, 2014


I’ve always wanted to be a magician. I’m not talking about one of those big-name Las Vegas stage performers with the three-year contracts and the expensive haircuts. Those guys are masters of melodrama, and a little too impressed with themselves, if you ask me. Besides, they make aircraft carriers disappear from parking lots, and I […]

My Brain in a Jar (Part 1)

December 22, 2012


Recently, fellow blogger Karen asked if I would consider leaving my brain to science. I was flattered by the question, until I realized that such a donation would have adverse effects on my health, and suddenly the idea didn’t seem quite so appealing. Also, science doesn’t spend much time on things it already comprehends, preferring […]

From Small Minds

July 9, 2012


I have a book called The Magic of Thinking Big. It’s a great title, because it explains the entire book in five words, which is why I’ve never read the rest of it. The cover promises that you’ll “acquire the secrets of success and achieve everything you’ve always wanted.” That’s a pretty ambitious claim. But […]

Out On Two Limbs

July 11, 2011


When my daughter was four, she went to a daycare center several days a week. The facility housed a health club that included a large pool, so the kids got to form their own swim team and took part in competitions, although who their opponents were, I can’t remember. What I do recall is sitting […]

Born Out of Sync

February 18, 2011


It was October 28, 1955. The planet Mars had just entered the sign of Libra, Venus was moving into Scorpio, and the Sun was in the Fifth House. I don’t know what any of that means. Honestly, I don’t think it means anything. All that seems to matter is that I was born one day […]

Don’t Think and Drive

December 20, 2010


I’ve been spending a lot of time in the car, sitting at red lights mostly — but with holiday traffic, also at green lights and yield signs, and trapped in parking lots. I sometimes imagine that I’m going to miss Christmas entirely, marooned at the mall and staring at the back bumper of a Toyota […]

What Teenagers Say In My Dreams

July 2, 2010


We’re on our third teenager. We’ve mostly survived the process of raising two daughters and now our son is about to turn sixteen. One of the things we’ve learned along the way is that teens seem to have a limited assortment of comments and questions. I’ve compiled some of the things that teenagers say in […]