Aspirations & organization: the magic of beginning

New year. New calendar. New goals. January brings the opportunity to review last year, looking at what did or didn’t happen while anticipating the year ahead. Every day is a launching pad to the future, but the beginning of the year feels particularly auspicious. As you contemplate the upcoming year, create a vision. Start at the end…

The mental illness next door

From the street, the house appears stately—generously-sized, but not McMansion steroidal. The entryway, circular drive and two car garage seem classy. A fenced yard safeguards an in-ground pool and surrounds a swing set, shed, patios and walkways. Moving closer dispels the favorable first impression. As you approach, inconsistencies surface: patio boards are splintered, paint on…

David versus Goliath

I’ve had another battle with the insurance company; you could probably tell that by the title of this piece. It is hardly news, but I have just personally rediscovered that the business motto of all insurance companies is: deny the claim. Yes, deny the claim, and maybe the insured will go away. I bet it…