My notion of the importance of counting comes from the day a high school friend said, “I know. I have to count to ten before I talk when I am angry, but I am so mad that I can’t count!” She kept going and insulted another classmate for stealing her boyfriend. Both ended in the principal’s office.
It wasn’t until I practiced Yoga that I developed the habit of counting. It started with the breathing exercise at the beginning of the class. I remember the teacher saying, “Inhale, count to six. Then, exhale, count to eight.”
When we finished the…
Enjoy nature, great food, and friendly people in these beaches.
Life is coming back to the Costa Rican beaches after the pandemic. Here in Conchal Beach, tourists are thrilled on the beach at the all-inclusive hotel where I am staying for a week after hiding in my home in Virginia during the pandemic. Signs remind the use of face masks and social distancing.
I’m watching three middle-aged women, all wearing white swimming suites. “Oh, shit!” One of them shouts. The water caught the bag they dropped to take selfies and pictures in sexy posses. One takes a pic of the…
For many years, I’ve been on the hiring side of the table. I want the candidates to show their full potential even if they don’t end in the first place. I like to keep them prequalified for the next opening. I feel frustrated when candidates perform poorly during interviews, especially people I know are excellent professionals but can’t project a powerful presence.
To increase your chances of being selected for a job, you must display a powerful presence. You must communicate confidence, passion, enthusiasm, comfort, and authenticity as soon as you greet the hiring team.
Around the world, people express…
In the beginning, I created a mental image of a miniature farm. I only had an empty tray and a pile of rocks, figurines, and other craft materials.
Then, I separated the beige rocks from the others colors. I covered the tray top with duct tape, the sticky side up. I spread the rocks on the tape; the beige ones filled the ground, and the other colors filled the ponds.
I saw that it was good.
I glued green moss to the sides of the tray to add fresh vegetation. …
If you don’t have a green household plant, you need to get one immediately.
My journey started with two plants. Over five years, the number of ornamental plants in my greenhouse has grown to about 200. I’ve had the satisfaction of watching the plants bloom for the first time and the frustration of killing them due to inexperience in dealing with plagues and fertilizers.
A couple of years ago, a friend asked me for a plant. I gave her a succulent for her tiny apartment. She put it on a chest next to a window where her pets can’t reach…
You’re only three actions from helping pollinators.
Three years ago, I planted perennials to add color to my backyard. I chose the kinds that attract pollinators like butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and insects.
I introduced salvias first because most of them have mint-like leaves. Last year, I added asters, cornflowers, wildflowers, and more salvias. Butterflies and bees fly over the flowers all day. The daily treat is the hummingbirds zooming from flower to flower at the speed of light. They look green most of the time, but other times, they display shades of blue, white, and red.
I save wildflower seeds…
The Blue Umbrella Day, marked for the first time on April 16, 2021, sponsors a campaign to raise awareness on how to better care for boys and protect them from sexual abuse.
One of the resources cited by the campaign is Caring for Boys Affected by Sexual Violence, a study of the global problem of boys abuse published by The Family for Every Child in 2018. Below are the findings and prevention actions in the study.
I wanted to highlight the most important findings but all are important. Here is the complete list.
1. Sexual violence affecting boys remains little…
What is Medium? A collection of articles, topics, writers, readers, owners, management, staff, and publications? How many are there in each category? Where is the information documenting the transparency of the Medium services?
Transparency ensures trust among the stakeholders of an organization. The trust of all stakeholders -readers, writers, staff, management, owners- is needed for Medium’s long-term success. Even the occasional readers expect excellent quality articles. They will continue visiting the site as long as it meets their expectations.
Medium’s homepage lacks three links critical for the site’s transparency — About, FAQs, and Dashboard.
I live a list-centric life. Before smartphones, I wrote lists on napkins, paper pads, and anything that allowed a pen to roll. The cell phone gave me access to Notes and other online apps. Lately, I focus on Notes. I use it to write things I hear, read and ideas that land on my brain from who knows where.
Recently, I heard writer Áine Greaney talk about the use of lists to ease conversations with people with serious health issues. Each participant makes a list of things to talk about with the other person. …
I am not kidding.
For the last three weeks, my husband and I have been protecting a row of tulip plants. Who’s the enemy? Bambi and his family. They came to our front yard and treated themselves with our tulips.
Since the beginning of Spring, we have used all kinds of repellents and sticks to protect the tiny tulip plants. But nothing worked. Bambi’s gang got used to the stinky garlic capsules, coyote urine, and those smells that make me sick.
They first ate a few tulips here and there, the next day another bunch, and the third day only…
After retirement, Marta dedicates all her free time to write short stories.