Blue Skies, Wind and Stink

“In the vast emptiness of the blue, my soul rejoices listening to the soundless music of the wind.” ― Banani Ray I spent another afternoon last week at Heckrodt Preserve, getting in a daily walk and, as my mother used to say, “blowing the stink off.” I thought that always a strange thing to say since long walks tend to make me hot, sweaty and possibly stinky. I have found joy at Heckrodt on these sunshine, blue-sky days, taking in midRead more

Waiting in Line

“Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting.” ~Joyce Meyer~ Do you have patience while waiting in line? At the grocery store? Buying a concert or theater ticket? Stuck in rush-hour traffic or at the DMV? Ladies…the overly busy restroom? It’s okay if your answer is no, I don’t always have patience either. There are days when I don’t behave well while waiting – participating in the sucking-of-teeth thing, followed by aRead more

The Stream of Whatever

One thousand, five hundred and sixty-five. That’s how many blog-related emails were waiting in Outlook on May 5th. The Fourth could no longer be with me or help. I deleted them all. Yes, I did that. There’s no way I could attend to one thousand, five hundred and sixty-five emails. Sorry blogger buddies, don’t take this personally. I’ve been gone Monday through Thursday the last two weeks. The weekends have flown by. I’ve been packing, unpacking, doing laundry, re-packing, eatingRead more

Driving Winter from my Face

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. ~Victor Hugo~ This winter, I choose to follow Victor’s words. I choose to laugh. I choose to smile through the cold, the snow, and the shortened, dark December days…to drive the blasted winter from my face. Sunday morning brought the first signs of winter to the area. Outside the apartment, a light dusting of snow covered the farmer’s field. The first snow event is always welcomed, along with theRead more

Never a Cloudy Day

“Ba de ya – say do you remember Ba de ya – dancing in September Ba de ya – never was a cloudy day” A karaoke voice was singing the chorus loudly on a return trip from mom’s. I had been busy this morning, purging junk from a closet (smashed gift bows, crinkled tissue paper), before taking a Saturday drive to say “hello”, pay mom’s bills and deliver a spring jacket purchased for her earlier in the week. It began toRead more

Snow Day

Weekly Writing Challenge: Glimmers of a Beginning It’s snowing again. I drive down the six-lane highway, a long serpentine of headlights coming at me, then past me. It’s 4:00 pm. The light snow and late afternoon sky wraps unknown drivers in a blanket of foggy white and the greasy tire tracks in each lane of the highway is bordered by sticky, accumulating snow. Grammaw Bunny (that’s me) is not driving with her usual lead foot, choosing instead to get homeRead more