Breathless

What do I ask that is not envisioned The heart of my own spirit fails to speak Words that leave the tongue in indecision A desire within the realm of the weak Why do I question what can be conceived By the response of the one called ruler Is boldness permitted in time of need Or possibility found peculiar A spirit groans at the lack of command Intercedes with courage in muted gaze An understanding of the mighty hand ThatRead more

What Lingers Forever

When in grade and high school, I earned “nicknames” from a certain few. Twiggy, Jolly Green Giant, and variations of my last name. At the time, I was thin and tall for my age (5’9″ by 9th grade) and my last name was not a simple “Smith” that everyone knew. I also was picked on for wearing glasses and an overbite, neither of which helped with personal esteem or confidence in self. I was never self-assured in school, never partRead more

Purple Socks and Burnt Toast

“If we can’t solve a problem, then all we can do is digress.” ~Malcolm Gladwell~ Haven’t we all done this in our writing? Started down one path in a story, totally coherent, and then ramble our way off course? It may be that we have a problem in trying to make sense of what we’re attempting to convey. We waver in a drunken stumble of thoughts and words. Not knowing what to do with the mess or the post aboutRead more

Above and Below What’s Lost

February 15th marks the two year anniversary of when I lost my mother at the age of 99-1/2. While I miss this dear woman, I am relieved and grateful that she is not sitting alone in a nursing home, without her daughter’s visits, while a pandemic rages on. Heaven above is where she belongs and earth below is where I must live and breathe and keep moving. I can plainly see Your smile from above The peace you must feelRead more

#SoCS: I Have Questions

In the end, it’s not about how much we do, but how we do it. I’m not stating anything new or profound. Mother Teresa said, “It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing.” My beginning as a blogger started in March of 2013. It’s difficult for me to wrap my head around the fact that I’ve been dazzling and/or boring you with the written word for almost eight years. Lucky you. ItRead more

Choosing our Words

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 In 2021, let us be kind and compassionate toward our fellow humans. Let us choose our words warmly and wisely. Let us build people up rather than tear them down. Let us move past the hate, the division, the vile words of the past year. Bring anRead more

Embarrassing Humor

Pre-pandemic, I was part of the Connection Team at my church, for which I greeted people at the door or stood at the welcome center. It was an enjoyable part of my Sunday morning as it allowed me to meet new people or chit-chat with a few of the regulars. Once the pandemic hit, this duty went away and I have been attending church on-line ever since. About two months ago, I was given the opportunity to be an onlineRead more

The Drumbeat

It echoes from soul to soul Long ago, yesterday, here and now The drumbeat Eternal through time Continuing through ages In myth and unknowing A pounding of words Washing of mind Untruths repeated The drumbeat quickens Spreading fear, doubt Deleting intelligence, validity The people accept It must be true Heard over and over and over again It is loud and voracious Eating sanity Drowning out awareness The drumbeat cares not Of its intent and repercussions It embraces darkness No turningRead more

SoCS: The Sun Will Come Up

For this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday, Linda Hill is asking bloggers to use “a word you have to look up.” You know…spelling a word that doesn’t make sense when you have to spell it. The difficulty of the English language. The words that make us scratch our heads and question the meaning of a language that has it’s roots in long-ago Anglo-Saxon culture and a combination of Latin, Greek, French, German and Dutch words and pronunciations. Maybe your wordRead 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

The Power of Music

“Where words leave off, music begins.”  ― Heinrich Heine “Ah, music,” he said, wiping his eyes. “A magic beyond all we do here!”  ― J.K. Rowling “Music, once admitted to the soul, becomes a sort of spirit, and never dies.”  ― Edward Bulwer Lytton “Music has always been a matter of energy to me, a question of fuel. Sentimental people call it inspiration, but what they really mean is fuel. I have always needed fuel. I am a serious consumer. On some nightsRead more

Ten Cent Words

Early one morning at work… A co-worker and I were discussing why one of our Supervisors had reserved the conference room. Actually, it was more like guessing. When the conference room is reserved, the purpose of its use is not always clear. Sometimes the room is only reserved by name and the time period due to confidentiality – personnel issues, interviews, etc. We were wondering if it was a confidential thing, a meeting, or something else. Given our similar senseRead more