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The Back Page is where the feet go up on the desk at the end of the day. It’s that good book with a mug of hot cocoa just before bed. It’s where we goof off after a hard day’s work. The Back Page is our blog.
Yesterday I helped take photos of a boy who had cerebral palsy. My role was to keep his attention, his eyes looking into the camera lens.
We rang the bells and called his name.
It seemed to work some of the time.
On a break his mother told us that his biggest frustration at school was that […]
Ohmygoodness! The chipmunk from my last post … I saw him again today. He sat on the rock on our porch for a few minutes, and he didn’t move. And then he put a bit of something in his mouth and chewed it, his left back leg started twitching like crazy, and he bolted out […]
Beautiful soup, so rich and green, waiting in a hot tureen - who for such dainties would not stoop - soup of the evening, beautiful soup!
- Alice in Wonderland
Maybe I should be writing more about how to better market your blog, or how to write a moving personal essay, but over the winter season, my […]
Found this quote posted elsewhere and thought it was awesome:
“Love, like all arts, as Oscar said, is quite useless. It is the useless things that make life worth living, and that make life dangerous, too. Wine, love, art, beauty. Without them life is safe, but not worth bothering with.”
From Moab is my Washpot
This is a […]
People think faith and trust are synonymous. They are not. The thing that connects faith and trust is surrender. –Bill Smith, President and Founder of WhenEveryoneSurvives.org
Sometimes even the best-laid plans go wrong. It could be something as simple as a dinner date being canceled, an illness right before a party, a job opportunity that falls through. And especially at Christmastime, we expect everything to fall into place and be happy and cheerful and joyous, because it should be, because that’s […]
It’s December. For some of us, it’s cold, wet, and rainy with only a chance of snow. In keeping with the spirit of posts about warm drinks, I challenge you to make your own hot chocolate. Mmmmm. Think of how it would warm your work-weary soul at the end of the day. The next time […]
Things to do that you probably haven’t done lately:
1. Write a letter, and mail it.
2. Whistle as you walk into work. Or while you work, if you wish.
3. Pick up the hobby that you started months or even years ago and forgot about.
4. Pick up the unfinished project lurking in your closet or in the […]
In this post, I briefly whine about technology, respond with bold action, and transform the situation positively:
I am overwhelmed by computers, technology, phones, and these blasted things called features. Features? As in, a prominent, crowding element so gaudy and useless you can’t look away? I use computers daily for my work, Mind Sprocket, e-mail, and […]