I am off my game. I’ve been wasting time and have been having a tough time getting myself to focus. Never one much for politics, I became absorbed in the election three months ago. I have been consumed by wanting to stay on top of knowing the latest, regardless of how ugly and upsetting it … Continue reading The Power Of A Routine
Putting away Christmas leaves me a little blue. After all the lights, bright colors, candles, sparkle, ribbons, and decorations are boxed up, my house is bleak. Blah. Last year I began a new practice of creating winter tableaus from bits and pieces of my Christmas decorations. I’ve found that it really lifts my winter spirits. … Continue reading Real, Plastic, or Ceramic?
I vividly recall a children’s book I had. It was small in size with mostly words containing a trio of stories. One of them told the story of a brother/sister set of squirrel kids named something like Frisky and Flossie. They went with their mom to visit an elderly neighbor. When the older woman squirrel … Continue reading When Enough Is Not Enough
If you receive a Christmas card letter from me, you’ll notice that today’s post is based on this year’s letter. Be sure to listen to the music at the end of this post; it’s something that I didn’t include in the letter. ~~~~ We’ve missed so much during the pandemic. People, most of all, of … Continue reading A Sacred Space
It’s my tradition to buy a few truly meaningful Christmas ornaments for my daughter and her husband and present them at Thanksgiving. This year I found a ball that had gold-leaf applied against a brilliant aqua background. It resembles a globe which relates to my son-in-law’s profession. A simple lantern-shaped green glass ornament fits in … Continue reading It’s A Different Life, But Still Wonderful
A typical Virginia license plate consists of three letters and three numbers. As part of my never-ending quest to keep my brain active and my thinking skills sharp, when I’m driving I often play one of the games I created when my school-aged children (and later my grandsons) were with me for long-distance car trips. … Continue reading A Brain Game That Doesn’t Require A Computer
Writer Sue Monk Kidd authored a lovely article on mindfulness way back in September 1997. It appeared in a Christian quarterly journal called Weavings. She said that when she began to observe her interactions with others to discover just how available she made herself, she was surprised at the lack of true attention she provided. … Continue reading Mindful Availability For All
Jay Meadows is a public researcher who investigates health behaviors. He’s been studying pandemic fatigue which has settled in all over the world. Pandemic fatigue, described as our general exhaustion and impatience with the rules imposed to stem the spread, is now a contributor to the growing number of cases of COVID-19. People are demoralized … Continue reading Put A Face On It, Will You?
A dozen or so years ago, we had a winter storm that produced an unusual effect. On top of many inches of snow, a freezing rain transformed every outdoor surface to a hard, icy glaze. My grandsons (then around 8 and 11) had stayed overnight and were eager the next morning to get out and … Continue reading A Slippery Slope
I’m suffering from election anxiety. And I’m not kidding. Likely every single person reading this post LOVES America just as much as I do and holds a deep desire to be proud of the person who will lead our nation for the next four years. So while we can agree on our love of the … Continue reading One Side Or The Other