Rain on Fleshy Cheeks

Stop Inhale life Exhale sadness Draw in the earthiness of rain It cleanses pavement Soaks into human joy Stop Inhale life Exhale fear Feel the moist tears from heaven On our fleshy cheeks Tears of peace Flooding hearts with calm Stop Inhale life Exhale doubt Allow the rain to wash it Away to the gutter, the sewer Positive thoughts form a puddle In which to stomp and play Stop Inhale life Exhale the unimportant Let go of frivolous everything FindRead more

#WATWB – Friendship is a Wonderful Thing

There are numerous positive and heart-warming stories coming from our present practice of social distancing. So many that I didn’t think I could pick just one. That is, until I came across Doreen, Carol and Dotty in the United Kingdom, who have been dubbed the real life Golden Girls. You can read about them HERE and make sure you watch both videos. These ladies are a hoot! “I don’t know what I would have done without my friends,” Carol said.Read more

Work, Home and Out There

Welcome to my new temporary normal! For the time being. Parts of it may look like your new temporary normal. With the current state of pandemic affairs, here’s what the past week has been like for this blogger. WORK Oh my word, it has been crazy busy. I have been going to work, but only because ours is a small office (less than 10 people) and I’d rather spreadsheet with two large monitors than squint at a laptop while listeningRead more

All I Need

“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” ~Friedrich Nietzsche~ “If you seek creative ideas go walking.” ~Raymond I. OD Myers~ Over a lunch time walk, I had neither a great thought nor a creative one, other than I came up with this post. I did enjoy the sun on my face, the crisp almost-spring air, and an opportunity to get away from work for 30 minutes. Sometimes that’s all I need. This post has been brought to you byRead more

A New Chapter: Life as Me

“There’s a grace when the heart is under fire Another way when the walls are closing in And when I look at the space between Where I used to be and this reckoning I know I will never be alone” ~From Another in the Fire by Hillsong~ Ten years ago, I wanted it to be over with. The divorce. I had two months to go for it to be final, and a number of years before I truly felt peace.Read more

Winter Walk in the Flats

This past weekend was gorgeous, weather wise, for February in Wisconsin. Highs in the upper 30’s, close to 40F (4.4C). Blue skies. Glorious sun. Saturday was a perfect day for a winter walk in the Flats of Appleton, along the Fox River. People and their dogs and kids and one guy on his bicycle, relieving a bit of cabin fever. I’ll let the photos and descriptions do the talking. Click on any photo to enter the gallery and have anRead more

Beer with the Bud

“The best beers are the ones we drink with friends.” So it was on Saturday. Lunch, conversation, laughs and beer with a good friend. Biking/beer buddy and I finally scoped out a microbrewery in Oshkosh that had escaped us since it opened two years ago. Not sure how that happened. After a yummy lunch that included chicken panini, crab cakes, assorted sides and a ancho chocolate strawberry creme brulee, we headed over to Fifth Ward. Our favorite micro-brew? Tangerine Sour.Read more

Warmth of a Smug Embrace

At last you show your face smiling, glowing a bit smug absent you were betrayer deserter hiding in ashiness depression cover of darkness for days twelve or more I could not see your smile or feel the warmth of an embrace damp tired is what I felt and sleep wanted to sleep You’re here now giving life and breath to my soul I love to soak up your being praise your existence fall to the ground thank God for withoutRead more

#WATWB: Playing a Positive Game

“An Appleton North High School student created a board game to teach financial skills and safety awareness to people with intellectual disabilities.” You can watch a video and read about high school student Paige Givens and her board game, SuperConsumers, HERE. I don’t know Paige personally, but am very proud of her accomplishment and desire to help others in need. I wish her much success for the future as I believe it will be an extremely bright one. You canRead more

Grumbles and Yawns

Monday morning comes ’round on the whisper of fleeting darkness It spreads across the horizon in hues of navy and crimson or surrounded by the mist of winter’s fog New life, new breath New work week Monday never knows what joy or sadness or need of coffee it brings It simply is Accepted as a day to start over or cursed by the loss of the past two days Monday is both love and dread Smiles and frowns Monday followsRead more

New Month, New Year

“January is here, with eyes that keenly glow, A frost-mailed warrior striding a shadowy steed of snow.” –  Edgar Fawcett After several days of above-normal temps, along with sun, rain, and pea-soup fog, it has turned colder and snowed. It’s a fitting start to the month of January in the Northern Hemisphere.  Snow and cold are expected here in the heart of winter, but not necessarily desired unless you own skis or a snowmobile.  I desire a gentler winter, with lessRead more

SoCS: Around the Sun in 12

Three hundred sixty-five and one-quarter times around the sun. Twelve months. Another year has passed by and 2019 is almost finito. I thought I would take each month of the past year and share one or two things I remembered about it (good or bad) and see what kind of picture is left. January – Horrible winter month. I worked from home one day, toward the end of the month, because the wind chill was -50F (-45.5C). Brrrr. February –Read more