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This Wonderful Life

February 5, 2009

This Wonderful Life

What Are Your 25 Things?

If you’re already a Facebook user, you know exactly what I mean when I ask what your 25 things are. If you’re not on Facebook, I’ll take just a minute to explain. Facebook is an online tool where you can create your own profile and keep in touch with friends and family, and even meet new friends. You can also see lots of photos of your children, grandchildren and potential employees behaving badly at drunken college parties. So it’s a lot of fun.

In the past few weeks, there has been a note going around where people will write 25 random things about themselves (often taking hours to compose the randomness), and then ``tag’’ 25 friends, who are instructed to write their own 25 things list, and tag 25 of their friends. It’s like an environmentally friendly chain letter.

And like many chain letters, some of us tried to resist this one the first few times we were tagged. I mean, it’s bad enough to maintain a personal presence on a website without publishing a long list devoted entirely to yourself. That’s just narcissistic. You’re no better than a newspaper columnist, at that point.

Slowly, they started falling prey, though. Even friends who rolled their eyes at the list started writing them. Some did it tongue-in-cheek, some did it with zero cynicism, some did it in ways that really took my breath away. This week, I finally did my own, which you can read at the blog — moremindfulfamily. wordpress. com û or you can read if you add me to your friends on Facebook.

The reason I broke down and wrote my list was that I loved reading the lists my friends posted. Some of these friends are new, so these lists illuminate lives about which I know very little. Other friendships go back many years, and I learn as much by the things they leave out as I do by the things they highlight.

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  • This Wonderful Life: I can say No, but I prefer Yes If popular culture is any indication, it seems women suffer from an epidemic inability to refuse additional responsibilities. Magazines, self-help books and therapists nationwide offer heaps of advice on how to assert oneself, draw boundaries and generally say No when asked to sign on for those things for which we have little time and less interest.

    November 25, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: I wish someone had told me Disclaimer: Because my son more or less demanded that I stop using him and his life as material for my column back when he was 12 or 13, I want to make it perfectly clear to all my readers (and any legal professionals who are now retained or may be retained at some future time by aforementioned son) that this column is not about him. It’s about me. The fact that he happened to turn 21 on Saturday is mere coincidence. So help me God.

    November 19, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: A view through bare branches Every morning, Bee and I stand at the end of the driveway waiting for her bus and we look up into the branches of the elm tree that arches over the drive.

    November 5, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: To Posey on her fourth So here we are, on the other side of 3-years-old, and it seems we both survived it intact. It wasn’t easy, but perhaps it made us both stronger.

    October 30, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: A Posey by any other name... A few weeks ago, Posey gave us all new names. Or, to be more accurate, Posey gave us all one new name. Rose.

    October 8, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: Are pork chops really that good? If it seems unlikely for a vegetarian (that would be me) to own a couple of table- bound pigs, it probably seems downright absurd that their names should be Tender and Delicious.

    October 2, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: I sssssseeeeeee you there The first thing you should know is that I used to suffer from a snake phobia. The operative word there is phobia. It wasn’t just a matter of disliking snakes. It wasn’t a fear of being bitten. It wasn’t a simple reluctance to touch their impossibly dry, nimble bodies.

    September 24, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: What’s so funny? My kids, I hope In my experience as a three-time parent, there is something absolutely, spiritually magical about the first time your child cracks a joke.

    September 17, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: Who are these little girls? There are two children in my house who bear a striking resemblance to my daughters. They are adorable, smart and energetic.

    September 10, 2009

  • This Wonderful Life: A harvest that’s good for the soul Signs of harvest are all around. The afternoon sun glows amber over the fields and the farm stands are filled to overflowing with vegetables and fruit. We’re lucky to live in a place where we can have such an immediate connection to the food we eat.

    September 3, 2009