Category: people

People

Dear Kim, One of the things I’ve learned in recent years is that I like people. I genuinely like people. I like the varieties they come in. I like the get-my-ducks-in-a-row variety and I like the deadline?-what-deadline? variety. I like the spreadsheet variety, the… Continue Reading “People”

Onward!

Dear Kim, Onward to the letter O! Open — I like open spaces, open people, open doors. In yoga, it’s the classes where we focus on opening up — the shoulders, the chest, the hips — that I feel the tears come. Opera —… Continue Reading “Onward!”

What’s Your Goal?

(Warning: Long, rambling, and probably pointless) Yesterday, I talked with a friend who had been a guidance counselor. I had asked his advice regarding one of my kids who needed a little direction. “What’s your goal?” he asked. I answered with the goal I… Continue Reading “What’s Your Goal?”

Lenten Rabbits

Five years ago for Lent, I carried a rabbit in my pocket as a tool for mindfulness. I wanted to remember that people are often smiling on the outside but hurting on the inside. I know, I know — this may not make much… Continue Reading “Lenten Rabbits”

Generosity

Dear Kim, Yesterday at work, a little boy wandered in front of the desk and finally stopped to ask if he could borrow a pencil. (Months ago I brought in a small stash of Blackwing pencils which are the greatest pencils ever made and… Continue Reading “Generosity”

Life Update (and a story)

I have a full-time job with benefits for the first time since 1984. Gosh, it sounds funny to even write that. As a stay-at-home mom and then a caregiver to my dad, I’ve worked full-time forever. And I’ve had great benefits. The kind “real”… Continue Reading “Life Update (and a story)”

Top Fives

Three Top Fives of 2018. Top five books — Les Miserables, The Hate U Give, Imitation of Christ, Conscience, and the whole series of The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place. Top five places I visited — Ales Stenar (the sun-ship in Sweden), Troldhaugen (Edvard Grieg’s home in… Continue Reading “Top Fives”

Small

One day I found myself Staring at the clear blue water Of the pool And marveling at the fact That I could not see A single drop All that liquid In front of me And my eyes could not distinguish One single drop —… Continue Reading “Small”

Bruce

Seven years ago Bruce sat next to me on a flight out of Nashville. We both changed planes in Detroit and there I frantically wrote down as much of our conversation as I could remember. His heavy southern drawl forced me to listen to… Continue Reading “Bruce”