September 29, 2020

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 […]

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 […]