July 8, 2020

Which one(s) are you?

“There are only four kinds of people in the world. Those who have been caregivers. Those who are currently caregivers. Those who will be caregivers, and those who will need a caregiver.” ― Rosalyn Carter I’ve never been very good at caregiving. I find it draining and limiting and yet it’s an inevitable part of […]

Taking care

“Self-care has become a new priority – the revelation that it’s perfectly permissible to listen to your body and do what it needs.” ― Frances Ryan Frances Ryan (as noted in the quote above) must have a hidden camera on me. Because self-care has become my new priority. I discovered it while journaling last week. […]

Learning to read

A not so funny thing happened to me on the way to getting a bachelor’s degree in journalism. I learned to hate reading. That’s right – I hated it. Here I was, a person who supposedly loved words and loved to write, but I didn’t want to read. There was a good reason for this […]

Defeating the cowardly lion

I’m afraid there’s no denyin’I’m just a dandy-lionA fate I don’t deserveI’m sure I could show my prowessBe a lion, not a mouseIf I only had the nerve   Years ago, I made one of the most courageous decisions I can recall. It may not sound like a big deal, but for me it was […]

Good grief! Again!

[This is a brief piece I wrote for my BRAINZ writing prompt group. The May one-word prompt was SHOCKS.] Sometimes I’d swear I was Charlie Brown in a previous life. I never seem to learn that Lucy is going to jerk the football away just when I try to kick it. I end up flat […]

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 […]