Pull Up a Chair: Coulrophobia

By: Saturday August 9, 2014 4:00 am

Are you creeped out by clowns? There’s a word for that, Coulrophobia: “Extreme or irrational fear of clowns.”

Here’s how it happened to Jordan Gaines…


Pull Up a Chair: Random Acts of Kindness

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 4:00 am

This corny tweet cheered me up yesterday (you have to admit life’s been a bit of a downer lately), and it got me thinking maybe I need to step up my random acts of kindness game.

Pull Up a Chair: Fuseli’s ‘Incubus’

By: Saturday October 26, 2013 4:00 am

Halloween is just around the bend, and with it the draw of horror to the imagination. A major work exhibited in 1782 in London, above, was a depiction of nightmare that appealed to the Romantic movement.

Pull Up a Chair for Christy

By: Saturday May 18, 2013 4:00 am

So far there have been tests, surgery, tests, tests, and more tests all leading up to the big decision on treatment, demon chemo. A not very pleasant undertaking, as you can imagine. And then to put the anti-cherry on top of her anti-sundae, she just lost a dear aunt this week. So she is going to need a whole lotta love and support to help her through the worst of what’s to come – and here’s what we can do. Let’s give her that love and support – and most importantly for now, laughs.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday April 20, 2013 4:00 am

How do you reduce stress? After this week I think we all could use some stress relief.

Pull Up a Chair: Family Heirlooms

By: Saturday March 30, 2013 5:00 am

What heirlooms do you have, share, and hold dear to pass on to others? The stories about such pieces are like an oral story of our families. I’d love to hear stories about things in your lives that hold memories, reminders, and which influence your life today.

Pull Up a Chair

By: Saturday March 23, 2013 5:00 am

Yesterday we saw the first red winged blackbird here, and that’s a sign that despite the foot of new snow in the yard we are on the edge of springtime. On the first day of spring, we saw wild bunnies hiding under a van out back, foraging for fresh grass in one of the still uncovered areas now surrounded by an expanse of snow and ice.

Pull Up a Chair: Memorable Movie Lines

By: Saturday March 16, 2013 5:00 am

Surfing for movie scenes and quotes is a wonderful form of instant gratification and stress reduction. The Battle of Wits from The Princess Bride is medicinal, no matter how many times I see it. Pull up a chair this morning, and talk about some of your favorite movie lines or scenes and what it is about them that pleases or disturbs you. Perhaps it is the unseen (subcontext) in the scene that is most meaningful to you.

Pull Up a Chair: A Few of My Favorite Things

By: Saturday March 2, 2013 5:00 am

I like to keep on the sunny side of life. I’m not always successful all of the time, but I do put an effort into having a positive outlook most of the time. I also enjoy encouraging others to smile, count their blessings, look for the silver linings. The whole one door opens when another closes idea.

Pull Up a Chair: Super Bowl Edition

By: Saturday February 2, 2013 5:00 am

Please share any Super Bowl party stories that others might enjoy. Please share any favorite memory of watching football with family and friends. And, please share any favorite food recipes, too. We love food. Don’t we? And, we enjoy sharing.

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