My Virtual Reality

My son has a virtual reality system.  To play, you put on an eye mask that looks like overgrown ski goggles.  Then the headphones come next.  Your mind accepts what is not real which is one of the reasons that no one is allowed to play with this system unsupervised.   It is a wondrous thing…

Stress

I like R. S. Lazarus’ way of defining stress “Stress arises when individuals perceive that they cannot adequately cope with the demands being made on them or with threats to their well-being.” I understand this to mean if I perceive that the situation is more demanding of me than my perceived level of energy to…

Dancing As Fast As We Can

Poet and author Alice Walker wrote “hard times require furious dancing.” I love that image. We have a tradition in this house that when the work is done, or at least paused, whether the work has been challenging or just constant, it is time to dance. So thanks to Alexa, on goes the music and…

Toilet Training

Long ago at our summer cottage, my father posted a sign in the bathroom. It read “this toilet is out to get you” followed by a list of instructions on how and what to flush. Toilet design is better now – and yet in our IOKDS houses we do have some older style toilets that…