Laying the groundwork for a stronger family

Making the decision to move 1,000 miles away from the deep roots you’ve put down over the course of your life is not an easy one. I speak from experience, as it took my husband and I years to finally decide to move from the cold northeast to the mild climate of Tennessee. Now that […]

When a God Wink feels more like a Snakebite

I shook my head in disbelief as I came to grips with the situation: I had somehow landed in a pit of vipers and  needed to dispatch with them before they dispatched with me. No, I wasn’t in the jungle, but in a new job, where I had been brought in for my positive attitude, […]

Today you can be their gift: Speak up!

   Have you ever felt nudged to speak up, share something, to offer help or hope, or simply to introduce yourself? Did you act on that nudge, or did you squelch it, thinking it might make you look foolish, put you in the uncomfortable situation of being rebuffed, or worse? Our little but loudly yipping […]

Living in the In-Between

    Last night we learned my nephew has a brain tumor. This morning I stand on my porch, birdsong welcoming the day as though nothing has changed, the whisper-soft breeze carrying muted sounds of distant lives. Such a dramatic change from last night, when booming thunder struck a match, setting off a brilliant lightning […]

Exclamation Mark Living

Did you realize she was missing? Have you gone looking for her, or did you assume it was a pointless search? I’ll let you in on a secret: She is closer than you realize. You know who I am talking about, don’t you? You. Specifically, your radiantly vivid, brilliant, technicolor, splendiforous self. She is waiting patiently […]

Take this leap and change your life!

You whip your car into a parking place, rushing again to get to work on time. As you come to a hard stop, your purse tumbles off the seat, its contents disappearing underneath the empty fast-food bags and other clutter on the  floor. A strangled sigh of frustration escapes your lips, and tears prick at […]

Richly colored silver linings

Did you know sunny days are not your best friend for taking pictures? It is the cloudy and sometimes even rainy days that bring out the most amazingly saturated hues in the landscape. As a photographer I especially love this weather, as it makes my photos just POP with lush greens, brilliant blues, and deep reds. […]

A Letter to the God-sized Dreamers

    Dear fellow dreamer of dreams, bearer of so much wonderfully amazing possibility,   How are you today? I mean, really, how are you? Are you still feeling that stirring in your soul, that pull to step out into your dream? That same dream that gives you the heebie-jeebies and makes you short of […]

Miss Goody Two Shoes and Party Boy-30 years later

  I never should have been in the bar that night. It was like going into the grocery store when you haven’t eaten all day. Everything looks way better than it really is, and you gravitate towards the stuff that isn’t very good for you. And so it was the night I met my husband. […]

What if I lose my identity?

Who am I? What is my identity? I can hear the legions of women asking themselves that question as they ponder Lisa-Jo’s weekly prompt over at The Gypsy Mama. I’ll bet that “Mom” tops the list. After all, when you have children, you become a parent. You might still have a job outside the home, […]

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