Common

Not the musician, though I should write about him someday, because I don’t know anything about him. For this post, rather, I’m talking about the word that indicates ordinary, regular, hmm…maybe accustom. As in, accustom to something. Common, like nothing extraordinary.

It’s a common theme in life, the concept of change. Change, adjusting, accommodating.

Maybe this skill, to do so, is commonly needed, but not so common. At least not naturally.

And maybe our ability to adjust is anything but common. Maybe it can become extra-ordinary, perhaps it makes one extra-ordinary, to fluidly shift and accommodate the demands, sands changing below our feet,

Work, parenting, schooling, playing, struggling, failing and again rising, to rise again, try again, to win,

To win…is this the common goal? Perhaps more common to just be, content, in the “now” of the moment,

Content to step and then pause, and then repeat, common path, common breath,

Let us all take a deep breath, and then another, to share in our common humanity, struggles, joys,

Let’s make joy more common, and adapt ourselves therein.

Sleep and Your Brain

The linkage between sleep and brain disease (think Alzheimer’s and other degenerative conditions). Growing evidence.

Your body has processes established to help your brain stay health. Our relatively modern human practices sometimes get in the way:

think electricity and light at night, which allows us to do more after dark;

think personal and professional demands and working late, driving us to do more;

think our own sometimes reckless nightlife; think screens,

think entertainment of all types).

Deep Sleep in particular is apparently the time when our brain goes through the best “wash cycle” of  cerebro-spinal fluid to clear harmful toxins.

Bottom Line: Get more sleep, your brain will be better off.

Like I need another reason to do so.

: – )

So let’s get some more shut-eye. You’re brain will be happier. So will you.

Tdap Boost

Had it over the weekend; the once every ten years booster for Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, “Tdap”, they call it.

A little unexpected, aches and pains, knocked a little off kilter. Whatever, I believe in the science and medical conventional wisdom of vaccines and boosters.

Get the flu shot every year, maybe since college. Early on, in. All for it. Help me stay healthy? A resounding yes.

Give me the jab, the poke the shot. Not throwing away the shot. Taking it every time. Good practice, listen to the experts, and take the sound advice.

Achy, feeling a little run down? Body getting stronger. Push through.

And I’ll teach my kids the same. Give me the shot.

“I’m Vaccinated”

Not sure who scribbled this one together, but it’s gone viral, and more important, it’s GOOD.

“I’m vaccinated and, no, I don’t know what’s in it – neither this vaccine, the ones I had as a child, nor in the Big Mac, or in hot dogs, or in other treatments…whether it’s for cancer, AIDS, the one for polyarthritis, or vaccines for infants or children. I trust my doctor when he says it’s needed.
I also don’t know what’s in Ibuprofen, Tylenol, or other meds, it just cures my headaches & my pains …
I don’t know what’s in the ink for tattoos, vaping, or every ingredient in my soap or shampoo or even deodorants. I don’t know the long term effect of cell phone use or whether or not that restaurant I just ate at REALLY used clean foods and washed their hands.
In short …
There’s a lot of things I don’t know and never will…
I just know one thing: life is short, very short, and I still want to do something other than just going to work every day or staying locked in my home. I still want to travel and hug people without fear and find a little feeling of life “before”.
As a child and as an adult I’ve been vaccinated for mumps, measles, rubella, polio, chicken pox, and quite a few others; my parents and I trusted the science and never had to suffer through or transmit any of said diseases … just saying.


I’m vaccinated, not to please the government but:

  • To not die from Covid-19.
  • To NOT clutter a hospital bed if I get sick.
  • To hug my loved ones
  • To Not have to do PCR or antigenic tests to go out dancing, go to a restaurant, go on holidays and many more things to come …
  • To live my life.
  • To have kids/grandkids go back to school and play sports.
  • For Covid-19 to be an old memory.
  • To protect us.
    Text copied, you can too.”

Oh yes, so SO agree. And so GOOD.

Get vaccinated.

A Fine Line

Often a fine line, the gray area, in between.

Therapy or Vice?

How do you cope?

Exercise, Eating, Substance Use, Gaming, on and on, you name it…anything that takes up your time, distracts you, helps you balance, provides comfort, or escape…or both. When is it ok? When is it too much?

Which is it? Vice if it’s harmful, Therapy if it’s “healthy”? Is it that simple?

What options do we have for coping, dealing with stress, struggles, what helps us go forward, mediate the day to day?

Choose carefully, choose wisely, and be open to adjusting as you go along. Remember, it’s the journey, and staying well along the way.

Let it be, may you be well.