My ELM brand of what I call Bumper Sticker Philosophy. Short stuff. Quick reads. Kind of like those bumper stickers on cars that you only see a flash of while driving and they get stuck in your mind. Some of these may too.


Join the Nobody’s Perfect Club—membership is free, you’ll be able to identify with fellow members, you can renew membership at any time, or join for a lifetime. – ELM

Girls just wanna have fun! – Cyndi Lauper

It is hard to fight an enemy who has outposts in your head. – Sally Kempton

If you want to see a hero, look in the mirror. – ELM. Corollary: Remember Kojak saying “Who loves you, baby?” It just might work as you look in the mirror.

You were once wild here. Don’t let them tame you! – Isadora  Duncan

 …forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet, and the wind longs to play with your hair. – Kahil Gibran

Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world. – Lucille Ball

Don’t compromise yourself; you are all you’ve got. – Janis Joplin

Life itself is the proper binge! – Julia Child

Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see the shadow. – Helen Keller

You’ve got to learn to like yourself first; I’m a little screwed up, but I’m beautiful. – Steve McQueen

Never eat more than you can lift. – Miss Piggy

It’s kind of fun to do the impossible. – Fortune cookie

Smiling behind my mask

Ethel Lee-Miller blogs regularly about people, the power of words, and the writing life. She’s retired from professional writing gigs after 30 years of teaching, coaching, editing, and gathering writers to publicly share their work. She is the author of Thinking of Miller Place, and Seedlings, Stories of Relationships. In retirement she writes to inspire, to connect with folks, and for the pure enjoyment of it. Ethel enjoys sharing stories at Odyssey Storytelling, Zoom gatherings, and anywhere there’s a Zoom mic.