June 1, 2020

My own personal wailing wall

“The journal has always been a story catcher, a worry catcher, pattern catcher.” — Ahava Shira Lately I’ve been thinking about a character in the book The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. One of the players in the story is a black woman named May Boatright who lives in South Carolina in […]

Making friends with my feelings

The best way out is always through.” — Robert Frost I don’t know about you, but I grew up in a home where feelings were not allowed. Especially anger. Crying was not especially welcome either. My mother in particular hated it when I cried. When she broke the news to me over the telephone that […]

On the laugh track

“Sometimes crying or laughing are the only options left, and laughing feels better right now.” ― Veronica Roth   I’m in the mood to laugh. Life is too serious right now and I need a break. I’ve cut down on my news consumption, and I can prove it. I just failed the New York Times […]

The day I met Superman

Over the years, I’ve had lots of crushes on movie stars. I like to think I was the first to discover Bert Reynolds when he played the blacksmith on Gunsmoke a few eons ago. I also lost my heart to Clark Gable, Cary Grant and Gregory Peck. But they were passing fancies compared to Christopher […]

In praise of skylarking

“Do not take the entire world on your shoulders.. Do a certain amount of skylarking, as befits people of your age.” — Kurt Vonnegut It’s graduation season again, but without the usual pomp and circumstance, caps and gowns, parties and festivities. Instead, we’re all cloistered because of a pandemic. Still, I can’t help but remember […]

It is written in my members

[Note: This is a poem I wrote for my online writing group. The writing prompt was “Jobs.”] It came quietly, a nudge, a whisper, a knowing.It came early and never leftthis love affair with words,this awe at their powerto paint a picture,to move a crowd,to harness a reader. Mine were words of knowing,of knowledge, words […]

Reasons to hope

“Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul And sings the tune without the words And never stops at all.” ― Emily Dickinson Yesterday in online church, one of the worship leaders asked us to think about something: What comes to mind when you hear the word “hope?” My immediate thought was […]

Journal for health, journal for history

It’s a proven fact — journaling is good for your health. The process of writing down your thoughts, feelings and experiences relieves stress and anxiety and wards off depression. It helps you gain a calmer perspective on life’s challenging times. So for that reason alone it’s a great idea to keep a journal in this […]

Jamaica mind

This is a poem I wrote in November (way before the coronavirus pandemic) from the one-word prompt Trouble. I had just been to Jamaica and learned that the favored slogan is “No problem, mon.” Jamaicans take a laid back approach to life, hence the saying. Whatever is happening, no matter how tough it is, just […]

Separating wheat from chaff

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” ― Bruce Lee I’ve lost count of how many weeks it’s been since life as I’ve always known it ceased. Like everyone else trying to maintain a safe distance from others, I don’t go to church or to the movies […]