Giving Love

“It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”  ~Mother Teresa~ As you run around the next 19 days, finishing your Christmas shopping and running up the credit card…remember the words of Mother Teresa. Put love in your giving instead of a price tag or the goal of a perfect gift. Your loved one may prefer a fuzzy, warm red heart rather than another electrical appliance, navy blue tie or Santa coffee mug. This postRead more

Praise the New Day

“Morning has broken like the first morning Blackbird has spoken like the first bird Praise for the singing Praise for the morning Praise for them springing fresh from the world” ~Cat Stevens~ Although I appreciate summer’s morning sun at 6:00 am, it does not compare to the spectacular sunrises that guide me to work during certain times of the year. The photo above was taken in October, when everywhere I looked, the sky was multiple shades of pink and red.Read more

Nothing and Everything

It’s 4:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon and I have nothing. Nothing in the “inspiration to write something cute and funny” department. Nothing in the “I have a story for you!” department. Nothing in the “here’s another poem or cat photo” department. And, yet… I have everything. I have everything in a job that affords time off during the holidays. I have everything in friends who invite me into their lovely home for Thanksgiving and present a royal feast of turkey, stuffingRead more

Perpetual Thanks

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” ~Henry David Thoreau~ Truth. This is Thanksgiving week in the United States and November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day. I’m leaving town on Wednesday to spend two thankful days with friends; to receive the generosity of my hosts; and to feel the perpetual grace that God gives to my life in so many extraordinary ways. I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, if you celebrate. (EatRead more

A Cherished Memory of Sue

I always struggle with choosing a personal item for the annual Cherished Blogfest. I tend to feel that “items” are never more important than the people in my life, never holding a value high enough to call it cherished. Except this year is different. A good friend of mine passed away in September from cancer. She battled this horrible disease for a year with unstoppable courage, daily prayer and a beautiful smile on her face. And she left the legacy ofRead more

Cherished Blogfest v3

Cherished is as cherished does An annual Blogfest is all the buzz Led by Damyanti, Dan and five more Bloggers choose an object they adore Or perhaps there is a loved one in mind Who is super sweet, smart and kind No matter, though, what is written As long as the blogger is smitten And when the blogger joins in He/she is guaranteed to make a new friend So, join the Cherished Blogfest one and all This is my forewarningRead more

A Plea for Redress and Respect

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” ~First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution~ Much has been debated this year regarding freedom of speech, freedom of the press and freedom to peaceably assemble. From Civil War statues, to the media, to football players,Read more

The Childrens’ Offer of Peace

“Did I offer peace today?” “Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” ~Henri Nouwen~ On September 3rd, neighbor Deb and I rode the Green Circle Trail inRead more

#WATWB: Saving the Fur Babies

I hadn’t given much thought to this month’s #WATWB until I looked cat Gibbs squarely into his handsome, gray, furry face. Gibbs and his sister, Ziva, are rescues. A little over seven years ago, I took them home from Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, a no-kill shelter in Neenah, Wisconsin. From their website: “Orphan Animal Rescue & Sanctuary, Inc. is a no-kill, volunteer-driven, 501(c)(3) nonprofit animal rescue. Our mission is to save the lives of homeless animals, one at a time.Read more

Dude on a Bike & #WATWB

On the bike, waiting for the traffic light to change… Me: Nice day for a bike ride. Dude on a Bike: Every day is a nice day for a bike ride. Me: Yes, I suppose…unless it’s snowing. Dude on a Bike: Only if it’s snowing hard. Me: I draw the line at 50 degrees. I’m a bit of a fair-weather biker. Dude on a Bike: I ride all year ’round, unless it’s snowing hard. Me: Do you have a fatRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Happy Heart

This certainly is true…in my humble opinion. One can choose how their heart feels, no matter the playing field. Are my circumstances perfect? No. Are anyone’s circumstances perfect? Probably not. As a human, I have freedom of thought and freedom to choose how I feel about my status and environment. I can wallow in misery and defeat when life hands me lemons…or I can turn the yellow fruit into meringue pie. I can feel sorry for myself when faced withRead more

Two Weeks to Rainbows and Unicorns

Just two weeks from today You will have your way With rainbows and a white unicorn It’s a time to fill our hearts And play a positive part In a world that can be horribly torn We announce with glee Stories that set us free From the darkness of the night Humanity’s love Kindness from above Truth that brings us light Share your compassion bold With the sunshine you hold In the link you will share with us It shallRead more