October 22, 2020

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 […]

Ode to Thunder

Have you ever known anyone who has mischief written all over? You just take one look at them and you know they’re thinking something funny or planning some craziness. For me, a couple of people come to mind. The comedian and former Senator Al Franken looked that way. Especially when he was on Saturday Night […]

Candy kiss

“When we lose one blessing, another is often most unexpectedly given in its place.” ― C.S. Lewis The last few weeks have been really tough. My husband had major surgery in July and his recovery has been beyond difficult for him. As his partner and best friend, I have been helping him regain his strength, […]

Listen and learn

“Part of doing something is listening. We are listening. To the sun. To the stars. To the wind.” ― Madeleine L’Engle I’ve always thought of myself as a pretty good listener. After all, as a journalist for many years, my profession required me to listen intently to others and to accurately report the information they […]

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 […]