Entries by Beth Mende Conny

Gone fishing living

When I launched the blog, I posted weekly. It was great fun and I learned so much about myself. (As I often tell others, I don’t know what I’m thinking until I write it down.) It has been several months since I’ve posted, however. For a while, I panicked. Now, I realize I am taking […]

Buddha lesson for the day: Self-compassion

The Buddha once asked a student, “If a person is struck by an arrow, is it painful?” The student replied, “It is.” The Buddha then asked, “If the person is struck by a second arrow, is that even more painful?” The student replied again, “It is.” The Buddha then explained, “In life, we cannot always […]

“tis the season to be inspired”

Join me! “Tis the Season to be Inspired” — and you will be at my exhibit of original art and writings on Saturday, Dec. 6, 5-8 p.m., in historic Downtown Frederick, MD. The show couples my original art with inspirational quotations. You’ll be able to purchase prints, stationery and magnets for those on your holiday list. So drop […]

Stinky comets and impatient cashiers

  After 23 years of wind and ants brazenly entering our home, Joe and I decide to replace the back door. We make the long-awaited decision over breakfast and map out the route we will take around Frederick County to scope out stores. In between, we discuss energy efficiency, which leads to a discussion of […]

Is youth wasted on the young?

They say youth is wasted on the young. How silly. You can’t waste what you don’t know you have: the Present. You merely live it. But we who are older and oh so much wiser, look back — or is it look down? — on the young and tsk, tsk. We see opportunities lost, the seeds […]

New versions of old clichés

If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again — and then blame others. What goes up must come down — when you run out of Xanax. Absence makes the heart grow fonder — when that jerk is finally out of your life. Always a bridesmaid, never the bride — which is fine given today’s […]

Losing cell phone, glasses, mind

      What other dumb thing have you done? I’ve worn my glasses into the shower. And I’ve also tried to take out my contact lenses even though I wasn’t wearing any. (Did you know the surface of your eyeball stretches?! VERY creepy.)  

Publish or perish: A 2nd-grader’s perspective

One day while reading my 2nd grade Weekly Reader, I came across an article about a 6-year-old girl who had published a book of poetry. Because she didn’t know how, literally, to write, she dictated the poems to her mother. (“Yo, mom, take down this sonnet!) Voila! — she became a published author. I don’t remember the […]