Breaking for Pie and Family

  I’ll be taking a break from blogging for the next ten days to two weeks. The brother bought me a plane ticket to Washington, D.C., for a long Thanksgiving weekend. There will be food and drink and laughs and perhaps a ride or two on the metro or in brother’s car. I haven’t been there in about three years, so I plan to be focused on doing the many things as I can in four full days rather thanRead more

“Gee, that was stupid!”

“The words we use for ourselves and others have weight.” So said one of the worship team members a couple of Sundays ago. It’s a call for us to respect ourselves and others in what comes out of our mouth. To not call ourselves, spouses, friends, or family bad names. To grant peace to our neighbors and our negative thoughts. To verbalize love and acceptance to self and the human community. Overcoming religious, political, economic and ethnic differences when weRead more

#WATWB: Saving a Life

Becca Bundy always wanted to give back to volunteer firefighter Bill Cox, who once saved her daughter’s life. She did just that thanks to a chance encounter at a Northern Minnesota bar, when she learned that he needed a kidney transplant. There is not a story to read, only a video to watch. A Gift for the Firefighter To understand how organ donation can save many lives, check out the following link. Benefits of Organ Donation  The “We are theRead more

Better Than a Food Journal

Recently, my friend Heather, or MOSY as she is known in blogging circles, wrote a wonderful piece on having Gratitude. She beat me to the punch. I had intended, ever since Mother’s Day, to write on the same subject. It was on May 12th that I started a Gratitude Journal, one in which I would write down three things I was grateful for, every day. So far, so good. Keeping a gratitude journal is easier than keeping a food journalRead 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

#WATWB: Civility and Reward in the Workplace

I attended a meeting last week with members of the Employee Services Program Committee. I’ve been on this committee for many years and it’s one of the assignments I have been honored to be part of, a true joy. Our group actively shares ideas for employee wellness in the form of health challenges, training events, recognition/award events, a special “giving” challenge during the holiday season, and whatever we can come up with to make work life better within the organization.Read more

Worry

Questions, always questions Will I? Can I? What if? Thick as grandma’s gravy Murky as dog-day waters It hangs in the air like a dense fog that fails to lift Doubts, always doubts I won’t I can’t If will happen Never positive in thought Believing in armageddon It drags its victims along through a pool of coagulated sludge Fear, always fear I submit I cringe A chill rises Tomorrow is at the forefront Yesterday still concerns It lurks in an inkyRead more

Upright and Breathing

“When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive—to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love—then make that day count!”  ~Steve Maraboli~ Words to remember, to live by. Often, I am asked by friends, family and acquaintances when meeting, “How are you doing?” Sometimes I answer with, “Awesome! I am awesome!” Sometimes I answer with, “Good, I can’t complain.” Sometimes I answer with, “Hey, I’m upright and breathing. Life is good.” SometimesRead more

Perpetual Thanks

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual.” ~Henry David Thoreau~ Truth. This is Thanksgiving week in the United States and November 23rd is Thanksgiving Day. I’m leaving town on Wednesday to spend two thankful days with friends; to receive the generosity of my hosts; and to feel the perpetual grace that God gives to my life in so many extraordinary ways. I wish you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving Day, if you celebrate. (EatRead more

Dude on a Bike & #WATWB

On the bike, waiting for the traffic light to change… Me: Nice day for a bike ride. Dude on a Bike: Every day is a nice day for a bike ride. Me: Yes, I suppose…unless it’s snowing. Dude on a Bike: Only if it’s snowing hard. Me: I draw the line at 50 degrees. I’m a bit of a fair-weather biker. Dude on a Bike: I ride all year ’round, unless it’s snowing hard. Me: Do you have a fatRead more

Talk Amongst YourSELF

“Talking to yourself is okay. Answering back is risky.”  ~Brian Spellman~ Who among us does not talk to self? Can I see a show of hands? No? What do you say to yourself or ask yourself? Do you answer? I fully admit I talk to myself daily. Barring details, my self-talk isn’t always positive. I tend to beat up the inner Mary J, rather than give her positive affirmations about the good things in her life. Is this the normalRead 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