People are curious about the lives of first responders. Image by Queven from Pixabay

When I see lights and hear sirens, I want to know what’s happening. It’s not that I want to see someone injured or killed. But something out of the ordinary happened. What could it be? Was it a car accident? Was it a fire? Did someone have a medical emergency…

Self-doubt can leave us feeling like we’re stuck and wondering how to fix it. Image by silviarita from Pixabay

I’m immersed in self-doubt. Sitting here, staring at my laptop’s screen, I think about the words I’ve written. I wonder if I should reveal something as personal as doubting myself to the world? I ask myself if people will read the first 5 words of this story and say, “Who…

Ice cream vendors know how to make people happy. Image by Couleur from Pixabay

Donald Trump left the office of President on January 20th, 2021. Rush Limbaugh died on February 17th, 2021. Both men garnered millions of followers. Some fans waited on every word either man said. Other people dreaded everything about them.

Detractors used similar terms for both men: homophobic, misogynistic, bigoted, racist…

A faceless image in the midst of a crowd of people
Being faceless in a crowd doesn’t mean you won’t be recognized. Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

We all want recognition. We want to be known for doing something. And we want to be remembered as being someone. But most of us will live our lives as nameless faces in a crowd. We won’t do anything spectacular. We won’t make a life-changing invention. …

The Mad Hatter in a street parade
“No great mind has existed without a touch of madness.” — Aristotle. Photo by Paolo Nicolello on Unsplash

Accomplishing anything great starts with someone’s delusion that it can be done. In Understanding Delusions, Chandra Kiran and Suprakash Chaudhury wrote, “A person with a delusion will hold firmly to the belief regardless of evidence to the contrary.”

Thomas Edison believed in the light bulb even though a British parliamentary…

Making progress is sometimes like running up stairs. Photo by Ev on Unsplash

I’ve been looking at my stats on Medium and there’s only one conclusion.

I suck as a writer.

I’m not making any excuses. I wrote a story. After editing it, I think it’s not too bad. The idea for the article is good, and it should get some attention from…

A plastic cup litter.
Common sense is becoming scarcer every day. Image by Markku Vuorenmaa from Pixabay

When I was at the grocery store yesterday, a clerk stopped me. He stood next to a shopping cart with liquid pouring from a paper bag inside the basket. There was a trail of liquid from the store’s front door to the cart in the produce section. I was standing…

A woman fishing.
Getting ideas is like fishing. Knowing how to do it makes a big difference. Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash

I don’t think Idea Deficit Disorder (IDD) is an actual medical term (although it should be). Running out of ideas is so common, I’m going to guess it affects most writers, and some of us suffer chronically from it.

Here are a few signs of having Idea Deficit Disorder:

  • Routinely…

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