Making Lists

Years ago, I figured out that I could write about life in simple lists. Not only for noting to-dos, lists can explore feelings, challenges, emotions, ideas, dreams, happenings, moments. On the days when I want to get something down but writing too many words feels like…well, too many words...I turn to lists.  I know from [...]

A Tiny Bit of Quiet :: July 17

A quiet journaling series.  Read here to learn more about following along from June 19 – August 28.   When you love someone, the best thing you can offer is your presence.How can you love if you are not there?~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~     • What does it mean to be present? How [...]

There Are Poems in This Pandemic

The poem starts here.With a cup of tea, quick, because I want to be out the door and arriving at the store just as it opens.  Won’t it be cleaner then, freshly disinfected?  Won’t there be fewer people with whom to keep a six-foot distance?  I hope. The poem starts here.As I approach the store entrance and slide [...]

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 [...]

:: Noticing the Moments ::

Taking some time to reflect upon my week... :: eating lots of these mandarins...wanting to not eat them too quickly because they look pretty on the counter...but eating them quickly :: enjoying the springtime temperatures...walks, a bike ride with the kids, a short sit on the front porch :: reading this book...admiring her even more [...]

:: Noticing the Moments ::

Taking some time to reflect upon my week... :: buying myself tulips…just because :: rain…and then sunshine :: a few good walks :: ruining a whole chicken in the crockpot…when will I learn that the crockpot doesn’t do what I want it to do?  (for the record, it was edible) (but so disappointing) :: M&Ms…I [...]

The Kids Are Growing Fast

On Wednesday, we took a day trip with friends to an amusement park.  Let’s just say, I’m not a fan of most amusement park rides, and I’m not a fan of the crowds and noise and general commotion.  But…in the interest of stretching myself, and in the greater interest of doing something super fun for [...]

How to Steer Clear of the Crazy

Sometimes, especially at this time of year, some of us get a little crazy.  I choose to steer clear of the crazy.  Wanna join me?   Drink tea, or coffee...the warmth is good.  Also drink lots of water. Eat cookies.  Also eat vegetables. Do what you can do today.  But remember that tomorrow is another day. [...]

I Am Inspired

There are my children, two who color my world and who carve, alongside me, a life I didn't know possible. There are the birds feeding on black sunflower seeds and the birches outside my window and they tell stories (the birds and the birches), secret ones for all who listen. There are the skies, sometimes blue sometimes [...]