Last week, I talked with a friend and she noted that she'd been in a "blah mood"--but couldn't figure out why. There were no new challenges, no worries at present about medical tests results for family or friends, nothing bad had happened. She could list things she was grateful for--but still felt her spirit was … Continue reading A New Thing Springing Up
Yesterday, it stopped raining and the sun finally broke through. I went outside at three o'clock to walk followed by an interval jog. Unlike my usual pattern of going in the early morning, by waiting until mid-afternoon inertia had set in. I jogged for a while and just wasn't feeling it, but kept trying and … Continue reading New Year, New Beginnings
Everywhere we look, there are scenes of fall, harvest tableaus with bales of hay, pumpkins, and shocks of corn. It reminds us in our modern day of our agricultural roots and how farmers gather their crops before frost and either store or sell them. I think of the past year since the last harvest season … Continue reading Harvest Walk
This month we focus on Breast Cancer Awareness; there are pink balloons and ribbons, special flower bouquets at the grocery floral shop, walks and runs to raise money for research and treatment. Some have called it 'Pinktober' with the flurry of pink, and sometimes that feels as excessive as the overdoing of pumpkin-flavored everything. Last … Continue reading From Survivor to Thriver
At almost 91, Mattie Belle is one of my oldest readers. I've known her since I was in ninth grade and became friends with her daughter, Delores. I was so touched when she sent me this handwritten card after she read my memoir. Delores told me that when her mother finished my book, she loaned … Continue reading Just Enough Encouragement
Last week I stepped across two more rocks in the river of The Gap; the first was moving to my new home and second was closing on our house. These were exhausting, yet invigorating, accomplishments that were reminders of God's faithfulness in helping me to move forward on my new solo path. On the morning … Continue reading Morsels of Hope on the New Path
Last Monday, June 22 marked twenty years since I heard those terrifying words, "You have breast cancer." That day I'd gone for a routine mammogram during my lunch hour and was shocked when the radiologist pointed to an area of the film. "You need to see a surgeon right away," she said, her dark brown … Continue reading Happy 20th Cancerversary!
This week I stepped forward onto another rock across that stream that I've referred to in my recent posts as "The Gap." After getting a contract on our house, we knew there would be negotiations after the inspection. The Buyer's revised offer came on Tuesday evening right when I was getting ready for bed. It … Continue reading Solo Progressive Dinner: Finding Possibility
This is my 200th post on this blog. I started in May of 2017 after I returned home from the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers' Conference. There, I pitched my memoir to agents and attended sessions on marketing my work. What everyone in the writing world suggested was having a blog so you could provide … Continue reading Happy 200th Post!
Tonight I'm sitting at home because of the Coronavirus aka COVID-19. I'm very disappointed because I'd planned to go with friends to a Western dance at a new venue with live music. It's a small thing, I know, compared to the big fears of folks catching this virus that's unfamiliar and has no vaccine. But … Continue reading Found Time: Looking Back and Looking Forward