My poor Amazon driver. I ordered a 20 pound, King-sized weighted blanket the other day because I tried a smaller, lighter version a year or two ago and loved it. Unfortunately, that blanket was something I picked up on sale at Walmart. To use it, I had to lay perfectly…

My grandfather’s closet was so full that as he got older, he would insist that my cousin and I go through his wardrobe and take things home that we could fit in. He had style, for sure, and I like to think that I inherited that him.

There’s something about…

I love my AppleTV. I fire it up and it shows me a whole host of options to watch, picking up where I left off on my latest binge or suggesting something new that I might like based on my watch history. …

“You can’t always get what you want.” — The Rolling Stones

I’m embarrassed to admit that I just learned this week what the acronym FOMO means. For those of you unhip and uncool like me, it stands for “fear of missing out.” …

“When pain brings you down, don’t be silly, don’t close your eyes and cry, you just might be in the best position to see the sun shine.” ― Alanis Morissette

I had an eye appointment last Friday. I faithfully go every year; glaucoma runs in my family, so I like…

“Take rest. A field that has rested gives a bountiful crop.” — Ovid, Roman Poet.

Today is Labor Day, a national holiday that honors the American worker. The holiday is rooted in the late 1800s when labor activists advocated for a federal holiday to recognize workers’ contributions to America’s prosperity.

“Life is not a problem to be solved, but a reality to be experienced.” — Soren Kierkegaard, Danish Philosopher

I bought a VR headset this weekend. As I was fiddling with it, I ended up in an alternative universe where real people interact and build worlds — and friendships. I…

Hello theatre-loving friends!

It’s been a trying time recently through this pandemic and my thoughts have been with you all. I’m so happy to see that we’re on the verge of bouncing back with some great shows lined up this season.

Several years ago, I started The Sappy Critic blog to connect with…

Do I need to be liked? Absolutely not. I like to be liked. I enjoy being liked. I have to be liked, but it’s not like this compulsive need to be liked, like my need to be praised. — Michael Scott, The Office

While waiting in the long, slow drive-thru…

Kirk Sheppard

Kirk Sheppard, LPCC-S, LICDC, is a counselor, helper educator, blogger, photographer, and playwright in Cincinnati. More at www.kirksheppard.com

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