Category: Blogging Challenge

Our Trip to France

For years I had heard my father talk about wanting to go to Normandy. I don’t think my mother was particularly interested. She had humored him on his stops at Civil War battlefields on their way to Myrtle Beach. I had been with them… Continue Reading “Our Trip to France”

What’s in the Bag?

What’s in the bag beside my chair? I’ll tell you what I keep in there — Three books Five journals Two mechanical pencils Four loose pens — two black, two blue A set of six black graphic liner pens Another set of three in… Continue Reading “What’s in the Bag?”

Goals, objectives, strategies, outputs, and outcomes

~~ ONLY ONE GOAL ~~ The other night at dinner one of my children was talking about his goals. My daughter-in-law asked, “Are you talking about goals, objectives, strategies, outputs, or outcomes? They’re all different, you know.” I messaged her this morning to ask… Continue Reading “Goals, objectives, strategies, outputs, and outcomes”


I’ve got nothing for you today — certainly not my five favorite songs. Besides, today’s top five will be different from tomorrow’s top five. For the record, though, the top five songs on my iTunes are all Andrew Peterson. So here’s a little nonsense… Continue Reading “Music”


Fears I don’t have: spiders the dark idle threats Fears that I do: failure not trying regrets I made the collage at the top for last year’s A-to-Z Challenge. The background is from Ezra Jack Keats’ Over in the Meadow. The child is from… Continue Reading “Fears”

The Spelling Award

In 3rd grade (maybe it was 4th) I won the spelling award. I thought Jack Harvey would win it When they called my name, I was floored. Shocked. Delighted. Astounded That I had scored higher than Jack But the biggest bombshell of all Was seeing my dad in… Continue Reading “The Spelling Award”

The Perfect Job

“Do you ever think about what it would be like if things were different?” my husband asked yesterday. “What do you mean?” I asked. “Like, what if the job in Hershey had worked out,” he said. Ah, yes, the job in Hershey. In 2005,… Continue Reading “The Perfect Job”

Interruptions and Alterations

I usually misquote Henri Nouwen’s and say, “My interruptions are my work,” when someone asks me my favorite quote. Here’s the real quote in context: A few years ago I met an old professor at the University of Notre Dame, Looking back on his… Continue Reading “Interruptions and Alterations”

The People in My Life

I hate talking about myself. Who cares that 1I love coffee and 2hate brussels sprouts? If a person is defined by the company he or she keeps, let me tell you about some of the people who are dear to me. That may tell… Continue Reading “The People in My Life”

Vodka and Ho-hos

Last week I attended a dementia care conference with Helen. The conference was informative, but quite honestly, for me, the day was more about spending time with my daughter than about going to a conference. Helen is excited about pursuing something in nursing that… Continue Reading “Vodka and Ho-hos”