A Change in Leadership

“Let us then, fellow citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things.” ~Thomas Jefferson~ Today is Inauguration Day in the United States. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will take an oath of office as our next President and Vice-President in Washington D.C. This day will look historically different as there will be no crowds on the National Mall, andRead more

Football and Grace

I woke up the morning of September 11th and scrolled through the news feed on my phone. Acknowledging the 19th anniversary of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil, I zoned in on a story that did not receive widespread attention. It centered around the start of football season in America and a game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans and an action that left a disheartening shadow. At this game, during the national anthem, the Kansas CityRead more

Waiting for a Wheel

Waiting for a surrogate to fill time change present tense   Waiting for revision of adult lines drawn dissolved in child’s sandbox   Waiting for about-face pivoting in unison toward the ethical sun   Waiting for diversity melting pot culture inclusive, welcoming   Waiting for reconstruction of harsh society into tranquil faith   Waiting for a wheel to turn down gravel path of communal restoration   Waiting for metamorphosis butterfly dancing world God, make it so    Read more

Digging Heels

Cognitive   Dissonance   The space in between   thoughts and beliefs   where the mind is consistent and not   brain digs heels deeply   reluctant, unwilling to admit mistakes   unwilling to change thoughts   justifying   dissolving truth and reason   dismissing facts   believing the choice is right   because it must be   the longer it is believed   the more certain it becomes   blinded to the negativity   taking sides   heels digRead more

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

Three Times

Time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ― Marthe Troly-Curtin It’s Sunday as I type, and eight inches of expected snow is falling to the ground. White and fluffy and accumulative. Meanwhile, a marathon of NCIS Los Angeles is playing on the TV and Gibbs the cat can’t make up his mind if he’s needy, hungry or needy. It is all I can do to not “waste time” on the couch. Lay sideways. Nap. Watch TV. It’s that kind ofRead more

Fear and Tribalism

Who among us doesn’t have the fear emotion? Fear of spiders, swimming in the ocean (sharks!), angry clowns, scary movies, speaking to a large group, dark basements, being alone, etc. I have a fear of June bugs, leeches and failure in critical situations. Who among us doesn’t equate ourselves with a tribe? Tribe of artists, philanthropists, religious leaders, doctors, lawyers, athletes, TV enthusiasts (couch potatoes), chocolatiers, sommeliers, etc. I am in the tribe of government employees, as well as theRead more

Chad’s Imagination

Artist Chad Brady has a huge imagination with winged murals in downtown Appleton. According to the city’s Public Art Map, there are 11 murals (along with painted traffic control boxes, sculpture and sidewalk poetry) in the downtown College Avenue area, discreetly waiting to be found. I came across a newer mural on Saturday as I hurried to the Farmer’s Market. The year before, the walls on this side street were completely bare. This year…butterflies! So many pretty butterflies! Chad has completedRead more

Wednesday Word of Thanks

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187, creating “National Correctional Officers’ Week.” Each year, the first full week in May is recognized as National Correctional Officers and Employees Week, commemorating the contributions of correctional employees who work in jails, prisons, and community corrections across the country. I thanked my co-workers with a white-chocolate raspberry cake (no ice cream) this morning. If you know someone – a friend, family member, neighbor, acquaintance – who works in a correctional setting, pleaseRead more

A Trusty Move

I know God won’t give me anything I can’t handle. I just wish He didn’t trust me so much. ~Mother Teresa~ Yes, He’s trusting me again. I am moving in three weeks. Three weeks. Three “it’s-going-to-go-so-fast-it’s-going-to-make my-head-spin” weeks. In a bizarre twist, the moving story has turned. Amid a crazy, overwhelming time at work; amid practicing for a play; amid renewing mom’s medical assistance; amid life. A change is coming soon. There will be little time for anything else. There are boxesRead more

The Note

Today has been a bright, sunny and COLD Sunday – a beautiful day. I awoke too early this morning, 6:30 am, with a slept-wrong headache that required acetominophen and caffeine. Stat. This could have turned ugly in the gurgle of a snoring cat, but I chose to seize the day. After a brief stint on Facebook (to allow the medication and coffee to kick in) and choosing Chris Tomlin and Eric Clapton on Pandora (I know, weird combination), out toRead more

Resistance is Futile, Time for a Change

Weekly Writing Challenge: Write a post that will leave readers waiting for more. And, so, the picture tells you that I’m either switching jobs or I need a full time job. Correct? Well, that would be wrong as it’s neither. I am simply in need of additional income, a little something to put in the bank and save for a rainy day…or the next new set of tires. I have struggled with and resisted the idea for three years. IRead more