Does anyone need a drink?

Co “The Human Voice is the most perfect instrument of all.” –Arvo Pärt On Saturday, I had lunch with two cousins – one of which I haven’t seen in at least 30 years. Cousin Joanne brought me a gift: A few parental-related photos and a cassette tape. The cassette tape was from many years ago, when Joanne’s brother, Jim, made a tape recording of mom and dad. He asked many questions of mom about her family and growing up –Read more

Letting Go of 40 Years

What would you do if a friend of 40 years suddenly stopped talking? Radio silence. No phone calls, no letters, no explanation, no nothing. It will be three years in December since I last talked to my friend. I’ve been alternately sad, hurt and angry at various times, but Thursday was the worst. Perhaps it was the mutual acquaintance I ran into the day before who shared that he had seen my friend a month ago, had lunch with her,Read more

Dear Santa,

This Christmas… I have a very long wish list, but it’s not all for me I do not desire pretty boxes under the faux needles of a tree I do not desire jewelry, a new bike or clothes or an expensive SoundTouch system they call Bose No, my list is for the intangible things that only the heart of Santa can bring The miracles that make small children beam and the positivity that encourages people to dream The things youRead more

Mea Culpa (but Rectified)

Originally posted on No Facilities:
In other words, the Cherished Blogfest deadline has been extended. Looks like you got some ‘splainin’ to do, buddy. You want to borrow my computer? I promised that I would take the day off, and I will, but I have to fix a mistake. As you know, the Cherished Blogfest happened this weekend. One of my jobs was to send an email to the people who participated last year. I scheduled that email, but due…

Seized with Happiness

“The moments of happiness we enjoy take us by surprise.” “It is not that we seize them, but that they seize us.” ~Ashley Montagu~ On the first Sunday in September, neighbor Deb and I seized happiness with a bike ride around the city of Stevens Point, WI. The Green Circle trail consists of a 27-mile loop of red granite, boardwalk, and paved trail; on city streets (mostly the quiet ones); along rivers and across bridges; through forests of heaven-reaching trees andRead 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

What you Want…

You know you want summer warmth, not two feet of snow. You know you want chocolate, rather than cheese from a goat. You know you want fashion-forward style, but not this by a mile. Or this. You know you want to be loved, not left alone. You know you want to laugh, rather than cry and groan. You know you want to have your place in the sun. Left alone is sounding more and more like fun. I think weRead more

Equality

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” ~Thomas Jefferson~ You may be saying to yourself, “Okay, I know this, but didn’t Thomas Jefferson own slaves?” Yes he did. Mr. Jefferson grew up on a plantation with enslaved workers and as an adult, owned nearly 200.  From Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest: “As aRead more

Form of Thought: #CBF16

Ch “I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.” ~G.K. Chesterton~ As a co-host of the 2016 Cherished Blogfest, I wanted to thank all of the bloggers who participated in this year’s event. Everyone had a fabulous story to tell and an awesome, cherished item to share. If I did not make it to your post, I apologize for my absence and will stop by during the week toRead more

Witness: Four Eyes

“When you write, who is watching you?” So asks Ben Huberman for this week’s Discover Writing Challenge. Most often, I have four eyes watching me, either in a hazy half-sleep or in expectation of a meal. Following is the conversation I imagine between felines Gibbs and Ziva as I sit at the laptop and conjure up a post. *Warning: This is not going to be pretty* Hey, psssst, Gibbs! Yes, my dear Queen? The human is at it again. At what again?Read more

Of Comparison, Escapism and Avoidance

“How much time he gains who does not look to see what his neighbor says or does or thinks, but only at what he does himself, to make it just and holy.” ~Marcus Aurelius~ On a recent Sunday, my church’s pastor hit a personal nerve with his sermon. It had to do with the three largest words in the title of this post and how comparison and escapism-turned-to-avoidance can be very dangerous for our Christian faith. I would say theseRead more

Anything You Desire

  If you have not had a small treat today, what are you waiting for? It doesn’t have to be Thursday. It doesn’t have to be the 12th day of the month. Any day works. Anything you desire works. What is YOUR small treat? What aids and abets your happy life?  Read more