The stories and glories of hugging a stranger a day ... and other life lessons
August 31, 2018
“May I Hug You” was born on a hot and sunny day a little over two years ago.
Until then it had been a collection of short experiences committed to Facebook.
Of how I was going around hugging total strangers. After asking permission, of course!
That was Phase One.
August 29, 2018
I don’t like to touch my food.
Everyone who knows me is aware of this.
It has been the source of much amusement at my expense.
“How do you eat a drumstick?”
“Or a chop?”
“Or a sandwich?”
“Or a burger?
With a knife and fork, of course.
I remember my first visit to a McDonalds....
August 27, 2018
(The Little Pink Jar)
“tjie” is a suffix used for almost anything under the sun in my mother tongue.
That would be Afrikaans, spoken in South Africa by some.
Bietjie – a little.
Soetjies – quietly.
Vroutjie – affection.
Hondjie – puppy or small dog.
Katjie – kitten or small c...
August 24, 2018
(A True Story.)
Near Philippi on the notorious Cape Flats in faraway South Africa, lived two young boys.
One was fourteen years old. His name was Peter. He owned a pair of shoes.
The other one was eight years old. His name was Gerry. He did not have any shoes.
Peter had th...
August 22, 2018
I’ve been out of sorts lately.
Irritable and frustrated and hot.
Temperatures in the high eighties/low nineties Fahrenheit is bearable.
Add high humidity and it becomes downright nasty.
Outdoorsy sun-loving me has to escape to the air conditioned boat.
I don’t do well in co...
August 20, 2018
That phrase played a refrain in my mind as I dragged two unwilling dogs on their early morning walk.
It had every promise of being another steaming hot, humid and miserable day.
The pups like their walks in cool and crisp weather. So do I.
Six thirty a.m. and already my s...
August 18, 2018
Tired, heartsick, homesick, depressed. Sad, so terribly sad.
That was me arriving in the United States in March of 1994 after fifteen years in Europe.
I’d left behind a lovely home and wonderful friends in Spain. A European lifestyle and outlook on life. A European cultu...
August 15, 2018
The ancient Greek Scholar was put to shame as I leapt up from my computer.
“HURRAH”, I SHOUTED. “HURRAH!”
The Captain looked up from his puzzle. The dogs started barking. I waved my notebook around in excitement.
“What?” he asked, annoyed at the interruption into his ment...
August 13, 2018
Aahh! The wide and wicked world of technology!
In this case, electronic reading.
I belong to a “club” named BookBub.
On signing up I indicated which genres I like to read.
I thus receive daily e-mails with offers in my chosen genres of free books, books at $1.99, $2.99 and...
August 10, 2018
Drag out the yoga mat.
Light the candles.
Turn on the temple sounds.
And come with me.
Is it an unfaithful partner/spouse you have to forgive?
Is it a backstabbing colleague you have to deal with?
Is it the parent/spouse/sibling/child/friend you have to bury?
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