Twenty Things to Listen for on Any (Pandemic) Day

Twenty things to listen for: the conversation between wind and unfurled leaves the whistle of tea kettle the click of spoon as you stir in sugar, milk the good mornings spoken, the good nights too the happy grunt of furry loved one as you scratch a favorite spot the opening and closing of front door [...]

Simple Pleasures

The real things haven’t changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong. ~ Laura Ingalls Wilder ~   Here are a few simple pleasures from my corner of the world...   :: a [...]

A Gift for You

How are you feeling? Physically, yes…but emotionally, too…how are you?  It’s an odd time, isn’t it?  Parts of our lives are slowing down (more of us staying home, limiting interaction with others) and other parts (the numbers and updates, new ways of doing work and school) change daily.  It’s a lot to contend with, I know. [...]

A Little Respite

I know there’s a lot of talk about the coronavirus right now. It’s an odd time, I know. Unsettling.  But it’s going to be okay.  I’m not here to tell you what the right way to handle things is, only to suggest that you not freak out.  Listen to the doctors and scientists who have the most [...]

Rain and Coffee

There’s rain and there’s coffee. There’s grey sky and there’s work. There’s clutter and there’s a clear desk. There’s laundry and there’s clean clothing. There’s breakfast and there’s lunch (and then there’s dinner). There’s yesterday and there’s today. There’s truth and there’s more truth. There’s love and there’s compassion. There’s one thing and there’s another. [...]

A Few December Things {2019}

My son is home for winter break…hooray!  Yesterday we made cookies and I’m pretty sure we’ll make more today.  And probably tomorrow too.  Because Christmas.  And cookies.   I happened upon these eco-friendly toothbrushes the other day. I’ve already placed an order and can’t wait to try them.  Good for teeth, and much better for our [...]

Being Held

I’ve been working on my essays for the holiday run of Just Five Things, and they just feel…good.  I had doubts about running it this December (December 2-13) since autumn has been extra full over here.  October was a month-long, online journaling workshop and then I went right into Gratitude Week.  All the while I’ve [...]

Three Good Things

I’ve developed a small ritual.  A ritual so small, it might seem silly.  But a ritual nonetheless - one I never miss, one to which I actually look forward.   The ritual involves a few dedicated moments before I fall asleep each night. I don’t need my journal, I don’t need candles or essential oils, I [...]