Author: drmitto

Blood and Love

Here’s a great one. I asked my nine-year-old daughter how she knows that she’s not a robot. Without hesitation, and with a smarminess that told me she thought the question was stupid, she blurted out “I’m made of blood and love. No robot is made of blood and love!”...

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The Power of Story

It’s easy to think that the power of story is dead. We watch You Tube, read books on-line with hyperlinks to definitions and annotations, and don’t spend nearly as much time just reading. I pray to the The Librarian every day that our local Barnes and Noble stays viable so I can at least stop by to touch a book. I know my prayer will go unanswered and only hope that one of the new Amazon stores will pop up in its place when B&N succumbs to market pressures. If you love story or if you want to remember what it’s like to hear something that moves you then tune into The Modern Love Podcast. It’s interesting: the host gives a brief introductory blurb about a letter or story and then introduces the reader, usually someone with some level of celebrity who has a connection to the theme. This week I listened to Connie Britton from the TV show Nashville (and of recent tee-shirt fame)  read “My First Lesson As A Mother.”  Britton has adopted from afar, just like the writer of the story, and she reads and clearly identifies with the story. If you can get through this story without being touched then, brother or sister, you are made of different stuff than I. The site and the stories cover the gamut of love and hurt in all...

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Book Review – Wayne Dyer, I Can See Clearly Now

Book Review – Wayne Dyer, I Can See Clearly Now Me and my imaginary friend Wayne Dyer We made such an odd couple that I mostly kept it a secret, coming out to only the best and most forgiving of friends. He was deeply spiritual and viewed everything from that mushy-squishy-illogical vantage. All was one. All was love. There was no such thing as death or dying but only ‘transformation.’ Even personality and self are suspect. Me? Deeply agnostic, materialistic, and of a strongly scientific bent. I matched his enthusiasm for woo with a deep distrust of what can’t...

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What Do Your Socks Say About You?

Do you read Seth Godin’s wonderful blog? You should. Recently he posted about how humankind emerged and developed in groups long before symbolic language evolved. He extrapolates from this that we are hard-wired to respond to much more than vocal communication. It’s both fascinating and a little daunting to think that everything we do and how we present ourself has a communication component that may or may not include (from Godin): words trust status culture pheromones peer pressure urgency energy I add: faith family emotions expressed dress friends receptiveness shyness Have you ever been in a group when the very air feels electric? Like anything is possible? Or the opposite? Where even standing near to someone feels like an afront? We never, ever know what will be remembered about us. We rarely have a clue about first impressions. We will rarely know what our actions or eyes or perfume will say to the people around us. Our words are possibly the least important part of our communication. Good to remember. What other kinds of communication speak to...

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Does Adulthood Rob From The Joy Of Reading?

Remember the joy of reading? If you loved books as a child, you know the feeling. Immersion isn’t the right word because that implies that you keep something for yourself. It’s more of a complete melting of lines. You are in the story. The story world is the real world. You are so lost that coming back to your mother’s world with the call of ‘dinner’s ready’ is absolutely confusing and annoying. For me it was anything from Boy’s Life to Spider Man to Johnny Wins the Game to Ivanhoe. Mom and Dad wouldn’t let me stay up late...

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Clean House, Clean Mind? It Works For Me

Clean House, Clean Mind? Sometimes what seems small brings great rewards. Getting Rid of Our Stuff You’ve heard the phrase Clean house, Clean Mind? Here’s a story. A few years ago, we moved a couple hundred miles away from our home near Seattle. We lived in a 3,500 square foot tri-level and most rooms were pretty stuffed. The thought of moving everything across the state was so daunting that we got a little crazy and start selling stuff off as fast as we could list it on eBay or Craigslist. It was fun. We made a few bucks and...

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