Feeding the Right Wolf #WATWB

The theme for the end of June and the month of July has been life, laughter, and love. So much of all three. Yet despite two celebratory and relaxing weeks off, followed by a very productive return to work, the outside world oozes in with insidious soul-suckage. You can’t exactly go through life like a Read More …

To My Dad, on Father’s Day

Thank you, Dad… …for demonstrating the importance of education, and setting a good example; …for letting me play with your monstrosity of a calculator – I would never understand the math (no doubt, to your everlasting frustration), but its resemblance to a typewriter surely had some influence on me; …for your even temper; …for taking Read More …

You

Hi, You. You, you guys, you all, y’all, you’ens, all y’all… yes, YOU. I don’t have to say “If you’re reading this…” because I know you are. Thank you for that. Ironically, that’s one assertion I can make with certainty. If you want to quibble with it, you’ll only prove it’s true. “You” have been Read More …

Unrealistic Expectations: Why Our Snowflakes Suffer Meltdown

One of the first articles I ran across, this morning, was from a woman bemoaning the fact that her children had picked up extravagant, over-the-top expectations for every holiday, real or imagined. This phenomenon isn’t as new as she thinks it is. I have slightly cringe-worthy memories of taking custom-made, white chocolate lollipops shaped like Read More …

That Time Arnold Palmer Saved the World from Alien Zucchini

…and Didn’t Even Realize It! I was 19. My parents left the country for ten days – and left me in charge of the house, the kitchen, and two zucchini plants. My mother’s instructions went something like this: “Don’t burn down the house, don’t fall in love while we’re gone, and check on the zucchini Read More …

Gratitude and a List

Author’s note: I wrote this piece in the fall of 2011, and it was originally published for American Thanksgiving of that year. I’ve just updated a few numbers, and I’m grateful to Holly for republishing it now. In the fall, our thoughts turn to gratitude. It’s harvest time in the temperate and sub-tropical zones, and Read More …

I Love Being Quote-Worthy!

At least when I’m saying something halfway intelligent or kind. I’ve been having some entertaining and lively chit-chat with my friend @Mitch_M and fellow writer and grammar cop, @DougBittinger: RT @DougBittinger: Is It Farther or Further, Father? http://t.co/QokG9htNxH / You just hurt my head; now I have to invite @HollyJahangiri — Mitch Mitchell (@Mitch_M) February 24, 2015 Read More …

Epiphany

I was driving to work, one morning, feeling all caffeinated go-getter and ready to get on with it, when another driver who must’ve been feeling even more deadline driven and eager to get to work cut me off. Tempted to show off my perfectly manicured middle finger, I settled, instead, for muttering, “Asshole!” under my Read More …

I Searched for Images of Awesome

I searched for images of “awesome” and found… the definition of it. A year ago, I thought Getty Images was the overpriced Rolls-Royce of stock imagery – the unattainable ideal of world-class, top-of-the-line photographic illustration. It felt exclusive and stuffy and snobbish. Rightfully so; good stock photography is not easy, or cheap, and I am Read More …

Do You Like Your Own Stuff?

At first, it seemed to me that promoting my own work was like being seven or eight, again, standing at the end of the diving board and screaming, “Lookit! Lookit! Watch this!” over every unremarkable dive. Read More …