New and Improved
Soul Searching By Stanley Abell I’ve been waiting my whole life betting on a change See it coming getting better getting better now “Wide Open” ~Sugarland Sometimes I wish I could return to a state of naivety on a lot of things… not all things mind you, but a lot of things. For instance, I’m clinging to the hope that the people at the local coffee shop really think I’m a great guy and are...
Soul Searching By Stanley Abell I’ve been tryin’ to get down to the Heart of the Matter But my will gets weak And my thoughts seem to scatter But I think it’s about forgiveness Heart of the Matter ~Don Henley I can’t prove it, but I think the person who wrote the rules of golf also wrote the rules of life. I think they were somewhere in the Highlands of Scotland after...
Sticks & Stones
Soul Searching By Stanley Abell See the hands that build Can also pull down The hands of love Exit ~U2 Remember the old adage “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me?” I don’t know that I’ve spent an inordinate amount of time thinking about the validity of this statement one way or the other… until recently. Last week I saw this short documentary titled...
Harry Potter: A New Exploration of Evil
The Wrinkles of the Road By Matt Peyton Over the weekend, I was flipping through the TV and I couldn’t help but notice that it seemed like the Harry Potter movies were being played everywhere I looked. As I settled in and watched parts of two or three of them, I was struck by a contrast. The weekend before, I had caught a Lord of the Rings re-airing. And for all of their similarities –...
"Blind Guitar Player"
He’s clearly not as good as The Edge, but that doesn’t make it any less beautiful, does it? Original Article
The Power of Imperfection
Soul Searching By Stanley Abell We turn away to face the cold, enduring chill As the day begs the night for mercy “One Tree Hill” ~U2 Just Tuesday I was able to complete one of the Five Pillars of being a U2 fan by completing the Hajj… if possible, all able-bodied fans are to make the pilgrimage to a live U2 show once in their lifetime. Where, in the past, I may have lapsed on the other...
Soul Searching By Stanley Abell Your life is now your life is now, your life is now In this undiscovered moment… “Your Life is Now” ~John Mellencamp In the world of grammar, a place I rarely travel, future tense denotes a verb that expresses actions in the future. A much more ominous verb tense, at least grammatically speaking, is future perfect tense, which describes an action that will...
It was not in my nature to be an assertive person. I was used to looking to...– —Jhumpa Lahiri (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images) The Pulitzer Prize-winning author has said that she feels more comfortable observing other people than being a participant on the stage of life. But in this week’s New Yorker, Lahiri opens up and tells the story of how she became a writer. Hers is...
In Therapy, Cellphones Ring True (New York Times) →
psychotherapy: The isolation of the office is shattered; the patient has allowed someone from his or her life to enter. And I have the privilege of witnessing the person across from me interacting spontaneously with that world. Most patients handle calls with a quick apology; then they switch off their phones, surprised they had forgotten to do so before coming in. Some screen their calls,...
Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on...– O.W. (via stanleyabell)