SoCS: The Cheers Poem

Cheers to air conditioning and the space that’s not too hot Cheers to capris and flip flops the short shorts…I cannot Cheers to coconut ice cream and lemonade in a glass Cheers to a swimmable lake and flopping down in tall grass Cheers to riding an orange bike and walking wooded trail Cheers to a frosty mug and its contents to inhale Cheers to blue sky and sun and the birds that chirp their song Cheers to childrens’ laughter and theRead more

The Flailing Tuna Returns

Three years ago, in March of 2013, I had a brilliant idea. I would swim laps. At the pool. Yes, brilliant. For it will be a great cardio workout and the many years I spent learning ujjayi breath at yoga would certainly be of benefit as I gracefully cut through the salt/chlorine mixture of water. Right? Right? Well, wrong. Very wrong. I splashed and heaved my body up and down the pool, gasping for breath at the end, of lap one, wonderingRead 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

Learn 24

I’ve learned a few things since this time yesterday. Monday, May 5th, 4:30 pm It’s really difficult to swim 18 laps when one hasn’t gone to the pool in two or three weeks. I have learned this lesson before, only to forget. The attempts to swallow water during the huffing and puffing at lap 12 was a great reminder. Monday, May 5th, 5:00 pm The chlorine/salt water pool causes itching. All over. Taking a shower helps a little. A bucketRead more

Snapshots from a Gym

“This week, I challenge you to mark your phone as off limits. Rather than giving into the urge to take a picture, write down your impressions of the scene. Who’s around? How does the air feel? What sounds do you hear? What emotions are you experiencing?” Two blocks away it stands. A gym waiting for my presence. Brick, mortar and the tall glass windows that surround the pool and the parking lot that doesn’t quite fit on a busy MondayRead more