Public Service Announcement

To those individuals who continue to defy the practice of social distancing by having house parties, congregating on beaches and in parks, walking en masse down the street, escaping a quarantined state by traveling to a non-quarantined state, and other similar behavior, I bring you this public service announcement: “COVID-19 kills, being bored at home does not.” There is also some thought that stupidity kills. If true, there is not a vaccine for this, so please wash your hands, STAYRead 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

Patiently Awaiting Normal

I didn’t go to church today and may not for a few weeks. I don’t plan on going to yoga practice for the next month or two. I will not get on an airplane or spend an afternoon at the mall. I may begin working from home this week, if deemed necessary, and only visit the grocery store for absolute necessities. Social distancing is now a “thing” in the U.S. in order to keep the COVID-19 virus from spreading exponentiallyRead 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

#WATWB: Restaurant Inclusive

This month’s #WATWB highlights the hiring inclusivity shown by three U.S. business owners: Stephanie and Mark Cartier of the No Limits Cafe in Middletown, NJ. The cafe’s mission is to “empower adults with intellectual disabilities by providing jobs and job training to help them lead fulfilling lives within the community and to increase awareness of their potential.” Tom Landis of Howdy Homemade Ice Cream in Dallas, TX. From their website: “Howdy Homemade is on a relentless pursuit to provide employmentRead 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

#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

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

Separating Faith and Government

In early November, 2012, prior to the Presidential election,  I left a church I had been attending. Inside the weekly bulletin was a sheet of paper, with both political candidates named, comparing where they stood on certain issues. It was an obvious attempt by the leaders of that church to sway my vote to what they considered the moral “Christian” vote. Excuse me? My political stance is no business of any church. I walked out that Sunday, fuming, never toRead more

#WATWB: An Artistic Mission

For this month’s We are the World Blogfest, I’m sharing a link to a post I published in August of 2016. I’ll give you a few minutes to read HERE and come back to the present. UPDATE: Arts Camp is going stronger than ever and there have been a few changes of note since 2016. In 2018, approximately 430 kids signed up for Arts Camp and this year there were about 535. The program keeps growing! It continues to be aRead more

The Power of Music

“Where words leave off, music begins.”  ― Heinrich Heine “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”  ― J.K. Rowling “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”  ― Edward Bulwer Lytton “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nightsRead more

Yes, it’s me!

I ordered the usual chai latte with coconut milk at the drive-thru the other morning. I had to wait a bit for two cars ahead of me. When it was my turn, the cheerful, young lady opened the drive-thru window and proclaimed, “Oh, I thought it was you!” I suppose the many Saturdays of ordering a chai latte at my favorite coffee shop has left an impression. I am “that lady,” the one who orders her chai with coconut milk.Read more