Work Thrill is Gone? Apply Love Research

“Sometimes Blues Singer” is included in my @jonebosworth twitter profile. Funnily, this seems to give me as much credibility as my juris doctor degree—maybe more. The Blues is uniquely American, a genre of music that emerged in the 1890s. Blues deeply influenced greats like Elvis, Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones. (And me.) Blues' people love painful stories. We love grit and growl and getting it all out there. One of the best parts of my life is singing with Blues bands, sitting out in fields listening to Blues players, … [Read more...]

Be Countercultural, Be Grateful

Sitting on the front porch drinking my morning coffee, a visiting Aunt startles me by bursting out the door, lifting her hands in the air, saying "Thank you Jesus for this beautiful day!" Although we may not share the same spiritual beliefs, I couldn't help but admire her gratitude practice that involved her whole body. Every time I think of it, I smile. It reminds me to amp up my own gratitude practice. Researchers have demonstrated that gratitude creates a healthier, happier and more fulfilling state of being. According to The Institute … [Read more...]

3 Labor Day Honey-Dos

In the U.S., Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer. School begins, or gets fully into swing. Darkness comes earlier. Hopefully, temps cool. If you’re in the Midwest like me, you’re less likely to be sucked up in a tornado after Labor Day. Over Labor Day weekend, most of us steel ourselves for what’s to come, knowing we’ll work without a real break ‘til winter holidays. (Especially now that retail stores are open on Thanksgiving, but I’ll stop myself from going off a rant about that). Usually, we create a "Honey-Do" list for ourselves or … [Read more...]

3 Great Lessons from The Rolling Stones

“War, children, it’s just a shot away…” Lyrics from The Rolling Stones’ song Gimme Shelter are stuck in my mind this week. If you pay attention to the news, Gimme Shelter might be on your mind too. Songs can lift us up, they can rile us up. Some songs soothe our souls and help us heal. Creativity, awareness, energy and joy flow from songs too. As Stella Adler wrote, “Life beats you down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” Remember Gimme Shelter’s soulfully hopeful line: “Love, sister, is just a kiss … [Read more...]

Forget the Gift, Thank You Mom

Not being a Mom myself, Mother’s Day brings out the hmm, what’s-the-right-thing-to-do in me. I’m eternally grateful to my Mom, perhaps especially so because I’m adopted. I wonder, what can I possibly do to express my gratitude? My Mother’s Day what-to-do dilemma isn’t new. Once, I ordered a plastic terrarium that took three backs of Cheerios’ boxes, price $14.95, to mail-in purchase. It was hard to keep it a secret. I hid the Cheerios under my bed and waited by the mail box every day for it to arrive. Those four weeks were endless. I started … [Read more...]

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