February 26, 2021

A silver lining

“The same wind that blows down your house shakes berries from the bushes.” ― Marci Ridlon View from our window last week It’s been a rough week around these parts. In case you haven’t heard or been through it yourself, Texas has just come out of an unprecedented Arctic blast. A week of snow, ice […]

What’s the worst that could happen?

“He who is not every day conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson At one point in my life, I realized I lived in total fear. Reading my journals from that long ago time, I was afraid of everything. Failure in my job, people, going broke, that there was […]

Once upon a time

“I have walked through many lives, some of them my own, and I am not who I was.” — Stanley Kunitz, US Poet Laureate 2000 I used to be a speechwriter for academic leaders, corporate chiefs and even the governor of Texas and his wife. They all had important messages to convey and I worked […]

Lessons in gratitude

We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our lives.” ― John F. Kennedy In keeping with the Thanksgiving holiday, I’ve been reading a lot about gratitude – how to express it, what makes it most meaningful and the true meaning of living a grateful life. Last week, […]

Frustration station

“And I got out of there without punching anyone, kicking anyone, or breaking down in tears. Some days the small victories are all you achieve.”― Molly Ringle, Relatively Honest There are two things that frustrate me beyond reason. One is when the TV cable or streaming service goes on the fritz. The other is calling […]

Remembering a Saint on All Saints Day

“To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.”― Thomas Campbell Today is All Saints Day in many religious traditions, a time to remember those who have crossed over to the next life. It’s a time to reflect on and honor loved ones and friends who are no longer here. I’ve always liked […]

My “wrong turn” turned out to be right

“You wouldn’t believe the power that a little kindness can have on people.” — Mary Jo Copeland, director Sharing & Caring Hands food kitchen, Minneapolis The other day I was on my way to a department store when I took a “wrong turn” and ended up at an intersection I had planned to avoid – […]

My gratitude list is shrinking

“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh Lately when I make a gratitude list in my journal, the items I write are smaller. As in once seemingly insignificant things/events now are cause for celebration. Example: Now […]

I’m not the listener I thought I was

“It’s important to tell your story. It’s important to listen.”― Francesca Lia Block I’ve always prided myself on being a good listener. Afterall, I spent 12 years as a journalist listening to other people and writing stories about what I heard. Never once was I accused of misquoting someone. Maybe I did and they never […]

The news that’s fit to print

“If you don’t like the news, go out and make some of your own.”― Wes Nisker Not long ago I had a telephone conversation with my pastor in which we were commiserating about all that has gone wrong this year. The pandemic, illness, her house flooding, deaths of two of her loved ones, no in-person […]