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 [...]

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 [...]

:: Five Things I Love ::

Five Things I Love on This Friday watercolor…these hearts I painted with my daughter my daughter, my son, my husband...my three the wind which has cleared our rainy skies my desk which I finally cleaned + organized any reminder to give ourselves to love Happy Valentine’s Day!   What are five things (or people) you love?? [...]

:: Ten Things ::

Ten things.  Right now.  second cup of coffee…bitter, sweet, warm  quiet music  a grey sky outside my window  my daughter working quietly on her schoolwork in the dining room  my fuzzy sweater, my slippers…comfort  the glorious space on my (now clean) desk  the whole day just waiting for me  motherhood…always with me, always a part [...]

:: Ten Things ::

Ten Things.  Right Now. 1.  the steam curling off my chamomile tea 2.  the full heart after coming in from a walk with my daughter and pup 3.  the messy piles on my desk (sigh) 4.  the shadows falling across the yard, the sun low in the sky 5.  the sweater, so fuzzy and warm [...]

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 [...]

:: Ten Things ::

Ten things.  Right now. 1.  my daughter's violin lesson...Vivaldi's Spring...the melody, the harmony...the joy 2.  sunshine on my desk 3.  the pup lying by my feet 4.  feeling thirsty...need water 5.  books, papers on my desk...a bit of a mess 6.  clouds in the sky...the bare branches of the birches against the sky...the hint of [...]

It Begins with Zinnias

Words of now.  (no editing)     Zinnias. Evening.  Sunshine.  Shadows. Rose tea.  Birches.  Green grass. Lavender.  Hum.  Summer. Tired.  Long.  Questions (always).  Sisters. Mother.  Father.  Children. Grandparents.  Questions (again).  Preparing.  Waiting. Wondering.  Dancing.  Sitting. Waiting (still).  Trying.  Whispers. Laughter.  Fingers.  Rings. Love.  Circles.  Holding. Safety.  Home.  Surprise. Edges.  Insides.  Intersection. Happy.  Neutral.  Expanding. Contracting.  Sifting.  Belief. Faith.  Grace.  All. Everything.  Nothing.  Something. Careful.  Respect.  Welcome. Reconciled.  Here.  Hello. Curious.  Them.  Us. Together.  One.   [...]

It Begins with Hum

Words of now.  In all honesty.  (no editing)   Hum. Air conditioning. Bare feet. Granite. Sniffles (hers). Sunshine. Green (so much green). Uncertainty. (too full) Belly. Muscles. Pencil. Eraser. Phone. Planner. Drawing (hers). Keys. Birdsong. Chair. Dishes (thankfully, clean). Questions (pretty much always). Wondering. Quiet.  Journal. Notes. Ideas. Dreams. (more) Questions. Hope. Goodness. Kindness. Friendship. Guidance. Hearts. Twinkle lights. [...]

:: Dear Thursday ::

Dear Thursday, Thank you for beginning with coffee.  Thank you for the time to drink that coffee curled up under a warm blanket with a good book, before everyone else woke up.  Thank you for being another day that I got to be home with my kids, guiding them in their homeschool work.  Thank you [...]