Archive for April, 2008


Saturday morning

April 26, 2008

Isn’t it sad that as I sit here enjoying my coffee, my dogs, my peaceful neighborhood, that in places like Chicago and Iraq, others are thinking about killing or how to avoid being killed? Isn’t it sad that because of some ignorant souls with no conscience, innocent police officers and military troops must put their lives on the line again and again? Isn’t is sad that so many children, worldwide, are growing up believing that violence – deady violence – is the same as a solution, an answer?

It’s not an answer. It’s an unconscionable way for people to have to live. I don’t understand how anyone can believe that it is good to fight back, to kill. Our American society likes to use race and poverty as the excuses for violence. They are just that – excuses. America is the land of the free, the land of choice, and despite the current economic chaos, we are still the land of plenty.

Stop the violence today. Just for today. Like quitting smoking or drinking, take it a day at a time. In Chicago for today, I pray for the safety of every police officer and every resident who lives in those violent-prone areas of the city. And worldwide for today, I pray for a day of peace.


Breakin’ up is hard to do

April 19, 2008

This week’s Newsweek has a good article about divorce, and specifically a group of now 40-something adults whose parents were among the first to make divorce socially acceptable. My parents beat theirs to the punch and split up in 1974. I was almost 14 and I was crushed. Nobody else I knew had divorced parents and barely knew what that word meant! I was lonely and embarrassed, plus my mom, siblings and I wound up back in North Dakota instead of staying Indiana where I had grown up and had friends. It was brutal. Sadly, I turned around and did it to my daughter. Not the moving, but the divorce. I do believe both divorces were best for everyone involved, but that isn’t a magic potion you can rub on the scars to make them fade. Some 30 years later, I still have scars. They don’t irritate as much, but they are there. Anyone else know what I’m talkin’ about?


Hello world!

April 16, 2008

Welcome to Cerebral Spice at I love words! The sound, the feel, the images they create! So I’m happy to be part of WordPress. And I can be cerebral, which I think is really an academic way of saying I “overanalyze.” It just means my brain functions in high gear most of the time, quite often spinning in a direction away from the mainstream. It took me a long time to realize that was okay…in fact that’s a good thing. It means I am creative and when I ask the questions nobody else wants to hear, it often means we get a better answer! Sit back and enjoy the view inside this li’l bit crazy head o’mine!