Over the past months as I've ventured further into the world of dating, I've been chewing on the concept of Non-Negotiables. With the online match sites, I've read hundreds of profiles since I joined almost two years ago. In those descriptions of what that person is like, what they're looking for, they begin outlining their … Continue reading Non-Negotiables: Online Dating
Tomorrow our country will celebrate Independence Day, paying tribute to our hard-earned freedom made possible by men and women in uniform. Compared to the last two years, we'll be able to participate in a variety of gatherings without the restrictions we experienced when Covid was a greater concern. But despite the ability to move about, … Continue reading Free to Be You: Free to Be Me
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