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Six Strings
February 12th, 2024
Six Strings &Raquo; Notes To Self By Mark Obrien

Author’s Note: This story was prompted by my wife, Anne, with whom I shared the story I’m about to share with you. When I told her the story, she said, “Six strings. You should write about that.” And people wonder why I love her as I do. The woman is like the tide she comes and goes. She knows the things that I can just suppose. (Dan Fogelberg, “Comes and Goes”) On January 13th of this year, Craig James and Mac Bogert included me in some email correspondence having to do with the fact that Craig was changing the strings on his acoustic guitar for the first time in something like... Continue Reading

February 12th, 2024
Why is Growing Older So Lonely?
January 24th, 2024
Why Is Growing Older So Lonely? &Raquo; Marc Joseph

Growing older is a natural part of life’s journey, yet for many, it comes with a sense of loneliness. When we were kids, teenagers, and young adults, we often determined our self-worth by the number of friends we had in our circle. As we begin to get older, we may prefer having fewer, but closer friends with more meaningful connections sharing the same hobbies, philosophies, and likes. What do we expect from our relationships as we grow into our baby boomer years and beyond? According to the Perspectives on Psychological Science, older adults’ relationship expectations include: Having opportunities... Continue Reading

January 24th, 2024
Winter Wonders
January 22nd, 2024
Winter Wonders &Raquo; Notes To Self By Mark Obrien

In the northeastern United States, where I happen to live, there’s an annual climate-change event. It’s called winter. During this event, the temperatures fall, as do little white flakes the natives call snow. We’ve already had seven or eight inches of the stuff fall this month. And there’s more to come: After a mostly calm and mild December across much of the U.S., Mother Nature is making up for it with a stormy and cold January, and there’s more wild weather on the way. The deadly storm that’s raking the eastern U.S. this week is the opening act for what’s to come over the next... Continue Reading

January 22nd, 2024
I Don’t Care
December 18th, 2023
I Don’t Care &Raquo; Notes To Self By Mark Obrien

That may seem like an odd title for this post because it’s a celebration of the Holiday Season, a reflection of my incorrigibly stubborn hopefulness, and an acknowledgement of the inscrutability of human nature. So, perhaps I should explain. The world, as you likely know, is rife with turmoil. I say as you likely know because the world’s always in turmoil. We’re human beings. Turmoil is what we do. And why not? We’re really good at it. We’ve been good at it for our entire history on the planet. That turmoil manifests in our 24-hour news cycles with stories of rising antisemitism, of... Continue Reading

December 18th, 2023
Is Giving Back in Our DNA?
December 13th, 2023
Is Giving Back In Our Dna? &Raquo; Marc Joseph

Since the beginning of America, we have been a very giving people. Starting with the Pilgrims in 1630, neighbors relied on each other to survive the harsh winters. The settlers raised each other’s barns, hosted quilting bees for the community, and built common areas in their towns. Benjamin Franklin, one of the most famous American Founding Fathers is also known as the Founding Father of American volunteerism in the late 1700’s. He gathered volunteers to sweep the streets of Philadelphia, organized the nation’s first volunteer fire department, established a voluntary militia, and organized... Continue Reading

December 13th, 2023
Dreaming Wide Awake
December 11th, 2023
Dreaming Wide Awake &Raquo; Notes To Self By Mark Obrien

Ya know what I was thinking about today? Nothing. I put in a full day of work, but I gave my mind the day off. That’s right. I was on something like cerebral autopilot. I had things to do, but they were routine enough and I knew them well enough that they didn’t require creative thought. So, I drifted, dreaming wide awake. It’s my version of creative tension. The term, creative tension, was coined by Peter Senge in his 1990 book, The Fifth Discipline: The Art and Practice of the Learning Organization. He thought competing ideas in teams and organizations created tension, which he took to... Continue Reading

December 11th, 2023
Sometimes I Wonder
November 27th, 2023
Sometimes I Wonder &Raquo; Notes To Self By Mark Obrien

I wake up most mornings with questions on my mind. Generally, they’re relatively innocuous or inconsequential things like: Why do I have the theme from Mannix stuck in my head? Do bald men think toupees are fooling anybody? Why do so many people believe in gravity? Why do some Kindle books cost more than the same books in print? If I pay my Social Security taxes, why am I taxed on the money I paid into Social Security when I get it back? If Santa Claus knows if you’ve been bad or good, why did he bring me anything, ever? Who the hell did let the dogs out? If an asp in the grass is a snake,... Continue Reading

November 27th, 2023
An Enriching Journey in Music
November 16th, 2023
An Enriching Journey In Music &Raquo; Success Interviews Step Into Their Shoes Eileen

Some people know what they want in life, others figure it out along the way. Rocky Michaels, multi-award-winning independent singer-songwriter and recording artist was encouraged to learn the piano at a young age and the rest fell into place. We learn by watching others and it can stir something within that takes us down a path for our own growth and understanding of how we fit in the world. In this interview I explore with Rocky his roots in music, how it evolved over time and some nuggets to help others find their way. Eileen: You have been a musician for a very long time, since the age of 5.... Continue Reading

November 16th, 2023
Heart & Soul of a Singer
November 9th, 2023
Heart &Amp; Soul Of A Singer &Raquo; Success Interviews Step Into Their Shoes Eileen

An artist is someone who has a special and unique connection to the inner self bringing to the world a deep emotional releasing that can be felt at the core. Madison Tayor powerfully expresses feelings and the relationship between the human experience and the unspoken parts through her lyrics and songs. She grew up with natural talents and an undeniable desire to bring messages of hope, love, and a richness in life’s journey through music. Madison is wise beyond her years, bringing a sense of understanding of the complexities of human emotions with an intention for joyful and happy outcomes. I... Continue Reading

November 9th, 2023
Mechanical Failure
November 6th, 2023
Mechanical Failure &Raquo; Notes To Self By Mark Obrien

I don’t think I fully understood or appreciated the effect political correctness has had on language until I took my car to the repair shop one morning last week. Ernie, the service manager who wrote up my service order, told me he’d call to let me know what his team found, to get my permission to do the work, and to give me estimates on the cost of that work. Later that afternoon, my phone rang: Ernie: Mr. O’Brien? Me: No. Mr. O’Brien was my father. He was older than me. My name’s Mark. Ernie: Ha, ha, ha. That’s a good one, Mr O … Me: Mark. My name is Mark. Ernie: Right. Mark.... Continue Reading

November 6th, 2023