A Cherished Memory of Sue

I always struggle with choosing a personal item for the annual Cherished Blogfest. I tend to feel that “items” are never more important than the people in my life, never holding a value high enough to call it cherished. Except this year is different. A good friend of mine passed away in September from cancer. She battled this horrible disease for a year with unstoppable courage, daily prayer and a beautiful smile on her face. And she left the legacy ofRead more

The Childrens’ Offer of Peace

“Did I offer peace today?” “Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” ~Henri Nouwen~ On September 3rd, neighbor Deb and I rode the Green Circle Trail inRead more

One-Liner Wednesday: Smile

“My mom smiled at me. Her smile kind of hugged me.”  ~R.J. Palacio, from the book Wonder~ Mom was very chipper and talkative on Sunday. It was a stark contrast to when she hardly spoke two sentences to me on her birthday. She was tired then, but not this day. Her first question was, “Are you taking me home?” I answered with, “I’m sorry, not today. I have to go home to Appleton and to work tomorrow. Maybe next week.”Read more

Mom at Easter

April 16, 2017 Beautiful Smiling Mom at 97 Another holiday to celebrate This a Sunday, mother/daughter date Adorable Diminutive Mom at dinner Waiting for today’s special meal Asking, “Is there coffee for me?” Quiet Demure Mom at Easter Her hands long and slender Her fingers painted purple and silver Joyful Grateful To have mom at 97 I hold her hand firmly tight She smiles, I smile, the day blessedly brightRead more

A Worldly Warning

In another two weeks, lightness you shall seek from bloggers around the world. It’s the second leg of the blogfest peg, “We are the World” unfurled. Join us, please (I’m asking from both knees) with a noteworthy story of good Just one little link and a written wink for someone farthest from rude. A positive tale, all glory and hail, to those who make life grand. Of those who give us a smile and afford worthwhile love, kindness and aRead more

Random Acts of Autumn

“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.” ― L.M. Montgomery I am too. I have a love/hate relationship with autumn. I love the color of leaves, the crunchy cool air, the blanket of leaves on the ground, and the late farmer’s market, where there is an abundance of pumpkins, squash and root vegetables. On the other hand, autumn signals that winter is coming. I don’t know if I can say that I “hate” winter. Most often, IRead more

What if?

I see the smiles of familiar faces on Sunday morning, I feel their hugs and I ask… Why do we wait for an hour on Sunday to show kindness and love? What if we hugged our neighbors and strangers and those in pain instead of pushing them away? What if we said a cheery “hello” to everyone we met instead of a passing nod and mumbled “harumpfff?” What if we live to serve others rather than serving our own vestedRead more

Squeezing the Cow

“The pattern of your breathing affects the pattern of your performance. When you are under stress, deep breathing helps bring your mind and body back into the present…breathe in energy. Breathe out negativity. Breathe in relaxation. Breathe out stress.”  ~Gary Mack~ Or you can squeeze the cow. Say what? About a month ago, one of our office assistants announced she was leaving to take another position in the school system. “Okay, fine, no problem,” I thought as we’ve had vacanciesRead more

Smiling Mom

Mom can be as grumpy as an alley cat and mad as a wet hen, because the food at assisted living still “SUCKS!” But when I ask her to smile for the camera, she does. This day, mom was a bit mad when I visited. The caregivers wouldn’t give her ice cream after lunch. She complained that lunch, the food, was awful. So, being the good spy daughter, I went to the kitchen area to investigate. When I asked caregiver “Sara” aboutRead 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

Fountain of Gladness

On Wednesday, mom and I talked with her social worker and nurse. Well, we tried to talk with mom. She wasn’t hearing well, even with her two new hearing aids. Unbeknownst to all of us, the battery had died in her left hearing aid and it took a trip to the audiologist later that afternoon to have a “duh, why didn’t I think of that” moment when I realized I probably should have thought of that when mom couldn’t understandRead more