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Billingsley’s Bullets: What is your excuse?

During my waltz through life, I have heard several people blame their former spouse or spouses for making their past or present life difficult. The favorite phrase of these “spouse blamers” is, “If it weren’t for …” In some cases, they have been divorced for 30 years or more. • It’s true that there are […]

Comments Off / October 16, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Don’t become a full-time victim

In his book, “Earn It – Empower Yourself for Love,” Bob Quinlan states, “Victims, who feel others are responsible for everything that happens to them, will not assume responsibility. Fatalists, who believe their failures are pre-determined, do not understand the power of their ability to make decisions. Self-absorbed individuals will not care how their behavior […]

Comments Off / October 06, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Upbeat is always better

Who is in charge of the mornings in your home? If you have an upbeat person in charge in the morning, the rest of the day will probably be enjoyable. Upbeat people start the day with a “good morning” salutation, often accompanied by a hug or a kiss or both. • My upbeat wife Monika […]

Comments Off / September 11, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Cocktail hour for the like-minded

Cocktail hours are pretty popular these days. Bars and restaurants offer drinks for a lower price during the cocktail hours only. If I owned a saloon, I would invite like-minded people for a specific hour. Most people would rather drink with people they like, and I would avoid verbal and physical fights for the most […]

Comments Off / August 28, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s bullets: Advice from my psychiatrist

When I visit my dental hygienist, Katrina, it feels like I am in a psychiatrist’s office. She has me lie down on a couch/chair that could fit well into any psychiatric office. Katrina then asks me if I have had any problems since I last visited her. Her soft, friendly voice relaxes me. Her counseling […]

Comments Off / August 14, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Occasionally I am stupid

Last month I went to see my doctor after several sleepless nights of coughing and hacking. X-rays revealed that I had pneumonia, an acute infection of the lungs. A fever accompanied the pneumonia, and my doctor said not to go to work the next day, and no strenuous activity, such as tennis, for a couple of […]

Comments Off / July 31, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Don’t allow the past to own you

It’s amazing how one episode can affect you, sometimes for years, sometimes for a lifetime. I remember once, when I was 8 or 9 years old, that I saw a relative of mine drunk. He was crawling across a lawn to his apartment in the Richmond Housing Projects. A small crowd started to gather to […]

Comments Off / July 08, 2014 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »