JumpStart to Better Health

Logging food intake means losing weight The morning frost disappears, and I open windows to let in the fresh air of an approaching springtime. I’m reminded that soon I’ll trade my winter wardrobe for a spring one. I look down. There it is. The COVID baby. Yes, the excess fat...

The Five Love Languages: Reflections on Chapman’s Book

How we give love should fit the recipient Dad opened the cabinet door and ran a finger over the plates I’d just dried with a cotton dish towel. My older brother, younger sister, and I were tasked each night to wash and dry the dinner dishes. Criticism was always...

An Abbreviated Tale of a Happy Retiree

Just the thought of retiring can send an individual into a tailspin. Questions about money, fears about boredom, lack of confidence, loss of identity, are just a few swirling issues a person encounters when considering ending their current work situation. Facing retirement is like standing on a stony shore...

This Quitting Habit Can’t Sabotage My Writing Life

No longer shall I be the queen of unfinished things Standing in front of a wall of yarn at Michael’s, I had an epiphany. Well, not really an epiphany-epiphany, but a slap upside the head that I had no business buying another skein of yarn to disappear into my...

Rock-ing the Neighborhood: There Were No Rules

How I learned to let go of “my art” There’s a sign at my neighborhood entrance requesting painted rocks. The instructions on the sign include: paint some rocks, leave rocks around, and go find rocks. Have you seen this anywhere? I presume this idea was inspired by The Kindness Rocks...

Goodbye, Unrealistic Expectations

Decades ago, when my oldest daughter was still a toddler, I decided that I didn’t have it in me to bake and decorate a birthday cake. I bought one at the supermarket. I did so with considerable personal pride at the time. Buying a child’s birthday cake rather than...

The Truth & A Plan

Did you learn anything this last year or decade? Will you use it to propel you forward?...

Belief

This gift was his way to push me a little to get serious about this life and, maybe, tell the world more about where I am going. ...