Since I was a young girl, I've loved the number 22; that's because my birthday is March 22cnd; I liked the way the numbers looked and that I had a pair of twos. Another favorite number was 5; that's because my birth year was 1955. As with the twos, I liked the shape of fives … Continue reading June 22cnd: On That Day in History
Yesterday my grandson played his last T-ball game of his first season. At four-years-old, Baker has shown an amazing ability to concentrate when they're in the field, hit the coach's pitches, and run the bases tagging each one. Watching his team, I've been impressed at how skilled they are to have played for such a … Continue reading Girls of Summer: Online Dating
Yesterday we had our Smith Family Reunion, Mama's family that had eight children and twenty grandchildren. We were lucky that all but one of the eight-- three daughters and five sons, lived in North Carolina and we saw them regularly when we were growing up. I have fond memories of Grandma Smith's farm house bulging … Continue reading Family Reunion: A Gathering of Loyalty and Love
Lately I've been thinking a lot about how to navigate this chapter of my life. As I mentioned in my post, Really Retired, I've finally ended my career as a nurse. Last week, I let go of taking care of my grandson two days a week which I've been doing for over three years. As … Continue reading What do I need now?
It's been over a year-and-a-half since I started down this online dating path. I'm more used to the course now and I look back over the distance I've traveled, a baby boomer on a different kind of sojourn. Considering my experiences, and those I've heard about from friends and family, the notion of calculated risk … Continue reading Calculated Risks: Online Dating
Hard to believe but this is my 300th post for this blog site that I launched May 31, 2017. I started this after attending the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers' Conference where I pitched my memoir to literary agents. The prevailing wisdom was authors needed a platform to build a following of readers who would … Continue reading Happy 300th Post!
I started creating stories when I was in 6th grade; I was a playwright. My teacher, Miss Thomas encouraged me and even allowed my 'drama club' to perform those plays. Miss Thomas would have been fired if it were 2022; our class scores would have suffered on the end-of-grade testing that wouldn't include items on … Continue reading Write Your Story
Today, I talked with my younger son, Ross who's thirty-five. Over the past year, I've watched his growing interest in land and eco systems, specifically the history of types of indigenous trees and plants that grew on my childhood farm, purchased by my great-grandparents in the 1800s. For the first time, Ross has planted twenty … Continue reading Cultivating Our Lives: From Seeds to Harvest
We'd met through an online dating site at the end of December. It was easy to talk with him from the very first message. We shared a love of music, activities including dancing, family, faith-- and surprisingly, words--me, primarily with writing and for him-- public speaking. We laughed easily and had a similar energy. The … Continue reading “Will You Forgive Me?” : Online Dating
In the past fourteen months since my divorce, I've become a student of love. Even though I'd been married for forty years, I felt like I needed to go back and take a fresh look. Archived in the things that I've carried in my life are love letters written between my parents. They had twenty-seven … Continue reading Student of Love: Valentine’s 2022