I don’t think anyone enjoys making tough decisions. They leave us questioning ourselves, wondering if we are doing the right thing, and generally feeling yucky. I’ve been wondering about the best process for decision-making.
Over the past few weeks, I have focussed on writing longer-form pieces with the idea of discussing unusual aspects of common subjects (such as What Coffee Mugs Reveal About Us).
This week I was planning an article about why wine has become so popular in recent years. I enjoyed the research and found it interesting, but I wasn’t coming up with a unique angle. …
When my kids were little, I remember how frightened they would be of the various Halloween decorations, sounds, and masks. When they’d see a costumed neighbor or store employee, I’d tell them, “It’s OK, honey, it’s just a person wearing a mask.”
That reassurance has been flipped upside down now. In light of COVID precautions, I am now the one frightened as I remind my teenagers, “Stay away from people not wearing masks.”
We’ve often associated masks with fear and danger — robbers, KKK, Hannibal Lecter. Even masks that are helpful can also be frightening. Consider the firefighter’s mask that protects from deadly smoke, the diver’s mask that helps prevent drowning, and the surgeon’s mask that protects our loved ones while undergoing critical care. …
“How much coffee do you drink?” My doctor asked, a serious expression in her eyes.
“About two cups a day,” I answered honestly.
“How big are those cups?” She asked, probably already knowing the answer.
“Uh….let’s see…” I envisioned filling our coffee pot to the 10-cup mark as I do every evening so the coffee is ready to go in the morning. My wife and I each get two cups from the pot. “Each cup holds about 2 1/2 cups…” my voice trails off.
“You need to reduce your coffee intake.”
I drive home, thinking about making only 8 cups of coffee for the next morning and seeing how that goes. I figure a slow change will be the easiest. It means we’ll each only get a small refill after the first cup. Or, we could feel like we’re still getting two cups if we only fill each part-way. …