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

On Being Gracious

Many years ago, a friend and I were talking about how hard it was for us to accept compliments from others – saying things like, “Oh, you didn’t have to!” or “This old rag?” or “I’m really not that awesome” in response to kindness. This past Sunday, our church’s pastor talked about how it can be difficult for us to be gracious in receiving and that “we should never deny someone the opportunity to be a blessing” with their wordsRead more

Getting Poked with a Sharp Stick

“The dream begins, most of the time, with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you on to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called truth.” ~Dan Rather~ It’s the end of the school year for most children and teenagers in the Northern Hemisphere, and the beginning of summer fun and dreams. I hope everyone has been poked with a stick at some point in school…by a teacher who stuck outRead more

Katzenworld: A Very Furry Thank You!

Today is a very special Monday as I have been honored by Marc Andre, Iain, and the rest of the crew at Katzenworld with the opportunity of a guest post. Marc Andre asked several weeks ago if I would write a few words about the two felines that own me, and I enthusiastically said “Yes!” Click HERE to check out a day in the life of Gibbs and Ziva through narrative and song and to leave comments.  I would like to thank everyoneRead 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

A Master’s Sweetness

Back on March 15th, I wrote how mom’s KitKat habit switched to a Starlight Mint habit. (The latter is still in full force.) The comments were wonderful, but I had a special back-and-forth with The Master of Something I’ve Yet to Discover, who tried to educate me about TimTams and the war between Crunchies and Violet Crumbles. I got the distinct impression that this is the Australian “Hatfields vs. McCoy” war of candy bars. I relayed to The Master how difficult itRead more

Be the One

The poet’s job is to put into words those feelings we all have that are so deep, so important, and yet so difficult to name, to tell the truth in such a beautiful way, that people cannot live without it.  Jane Kenyon I envy the poet, the one I cannot live without. I want to formulate expressive words such as his. I want to spit out the laborious roots of life as she does. I desire the eloquent words that easilyRead more

Return of Appreciation

When I started blogging – first on Blogger, then on WordPress – my intention was to find an outlet for the strange, swirling thoughts in my head. If you have read my “About” page, you know that I am not a professional writer and have no expectations of greatness (other than in my dreams).  I HAVE found an outlet and am having great fun on WordPress (“great fun” translates into “annoying others”) with posts about cat shenanigans, exercise challenges, parentalRead more