Tag: history

  • How to Solve the Wonder Problem

    How to Solve the Wonder Problem

    So guess what? I auditioned for a play! And guess what else? I didn’t get the part. Actually, let me correct myself. I didn’t get the part I wanted. Which was a nanny who oversees one of the most important, coolest, and younger characters in the show. Instead, I got a much smaller part. Actually,…

  • The Pesky Mind Game You Don’t Know You’re Playing on Yourself

    The Pesky Mind Game You Don’t Know You’re Playing on Yourself

    Last week I went to see the new Star Trek movie. On a Wednesday. In the middle of the afternoon. It was lots of fun, even though we didn’t take the whole things as seriously as…other couples. While I’m not a big Star Trek fan, it turns out that Hubbie is. And partnerships are about…compromise.…

  • How to Actually Do the Thing that Scares the Bejesus Out of You

    How to Actually Do the Thing that Scares the Bejesus Out of You

    So those of you who regularly read this blog will know that I can be a bit of a joke-cracker. It seems there are some days when I can’t get a sentence out without some kind of cheeky quip thrown in. Sometimes it’s almost like a tic I can’t control. I’ve also been known to…

  • The Three Letters That Change Everything

    The Three Letters That Change Everything

    So here’s a bit of random Deirdre trivia for you (which, I promise, will lead to a greater point). I can’t cook. I’m not a good chopper, I’m not good at putting flavors together, and I’m impatient…which means I hike up the oven temperature to save time, leading to messes like this: I’ve staked my…

  • The Happiness Ratio

    The Happiness Ratio

    I recently found myself chatting with a woman I hadn’t met before. She was working a whole lot of hours. She had several kids. She didn’t sleep much. At all. I was overwhelmed just listening to her, and asked if it was all worth it, if she was happy. She turned the question around and…

  • The Super-Simple, Super-Awesome Word that Makes You Happier, Less Stressed, and Less Disappointed in Life

    The Super-Simple, Super-Awesome Word that Makes You Happier, Less Stressed, and Less Disappointed in Life

    Recently I took a trip to the poker table. Actually, I took a return trip to the poker table. You see, I used to play a lot of poker tournaments. A lot. In fact, I played in the World Poker Tour. (Note: Just kidding. I’m totally posing in front of the official backdrop after the…

  • A Serious Plea to Stop Doing This Immediately

    A Serious Plea to Stop Doing This Immediately

    So it’s time to talk. Seriously. I’ve been putting off writing about a pattern I’ve noticed because it’s not so fun. And, frankly, I try to make my posts a little fun. A bit of a provocative romp, if you will. But this topic is important enough, and common enough, that it’s time to get…

  • How to NOT be Oprah

    How to NOT be Oprah

    I used to want to do great things. I mean REALLY great things. Sometime around the age of nine I decided that I was put on this planet to do truly amazing, transformational, really, really great things. I aimed high, my friends…as many of us do from time to time. Me? I wanted to be…

  • The Truth About Your Stuck-ness

    The Truth About Your Stuck-ness

    So…you may have missed it, but we recently passed through another holiday. Groundhog Day. It’s a funny little holiday with a funny little tradition, involving – some might say – a funny little animal. While most of us don’t get too caught up in Groundhog Day, many of us do remember the famous Groundhog Day…

  • Your Critical Choice for the New Year

    Your Critical Choice for the New Year

    Well, the days leading into this fine new year had a bit of an unexpected flavor. I present to you two different scenarios, and invite you to figure out which one is true. Scenario #1 Just as we were getting down to the holiday, I pushed my body to the point where I caught a…

  • When Frustration Hits…Ask Yourself This

    When Frustration Hits…Ask Yourself This

    Recently I found myself engaging in an annoying pattern of behavior. In just the past two weeks there have been several instances when I’ve tried to open a package of some kind. Once it was a hotel bar of soap. Once it was a packet of Vitamin C. Once it was a bag of airplane…

  • How to Lighten Your REAL Load

    How to Lighten Your REAL Load

    Today finds me writing my blog not from my home state of California…but from my original home state of New York. How do I know I’m in the Empire State? The stores are filled with this… …and the guys wear hats like this (and smile like this)… The thing that brought me to the east…