Category: people

Grateful

[a momentary pause before I finish my alphabet challenge] The other day I got a call from a friend that I hadn’t heard from in a while. “I’m gong to visit my brother and thought I would reach out to some of my friends… Continue Reading “Grateful”

Ranunculus

Helen’s bouquet was lovely, wasn’t it? I don’t know the names of all the flowers in it — roses (obviously), lily-of-the-valley (a nod to my mother — that was what she carried in her bridal bouquet), and ranunculus (that peachy-colored one that is dead… Continue Reading “Ranunculus”

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”