Day 29

With November (and my “thankful” posts) coming to a close, I’ve learning something about myself: It’s much easier for me to come up with writing material if I’m working from a theme. Last winter, when I started this blog for Lent, I wrote daily about whatever appealed to me that day. I did it, but... Continue Reading →


Happy Thanksgiving!

The smell of turkey is filling the house. Both leaves are in the table, turning it into a monstrosity that takes up the entire length of the dining room. The china has been set on the bare wood – I have one linen tablecloth that is large enough to cover the table at its full... Continue Reading →

Day 26

Pete wasn’t feeling well today. I suspect he’s been eating discarded cotton balls that he scavenges out of the wastebasket in the bathroom. He knows he’s not supposed to eat them, but he can’t help himself. Maybe he likes the way they melt in his mouth, like cotton candy. Maybe he enjoys the high he... Continue Reading →

Day 25: Control

I was released from physical therapy today. I still have some shoulder pain, but I know now that it will go away. I was nervous when I went in for my appointment this morning. My physical therapist likes to push me to the max, which is great – until two days later, when the burning... Continue Reading →


I had a dream last night. Paul, the kids, and I were eating at a restaurant by Tanglewood Mall. The restaurant doesn’t exist in real life, but in the dream it was at the far end of the parking lot on the JC Penney side, out where the Christmas tree lot is now. The kids... Continue Reading →

Day 23: Beauty

I don’t regret the detours my life has taken. It sounds cliché, but I really do believe that every misstep led me to the person I am today. I do have regrets about other things: I regret that I didn’t value myself when I was in my teens and early twenties. I regret that I... Continue Reading →

Day 21

Don’t you hate waiting for a phone call or an email that doesn’t come? I can’t stand it when I’m in limbo, waiting for an answer for something that is out of my control. That’s how I felt this afternoon. Since leaving my job, I offered to volunteer as a reading tutor at Hope’s school.... Continue Reading →

Day 20: Finding My Happy

If you’ve been reading this blog with any regularity, you know that I’ve been working my way out of a funk. This funk was brought on by many things. A large part of it was feeling discouraged about my shoulder pain – and the pain itself. Part of it was feeling sad about this being... Continue Reading →

Day 19

A friend lost her father a few weeks ago. In addition to her grief over his sudden passing, she is also worried about her mother, who has memory issues. As if that weren’t enough, she has a young son who has had a major health crisis and is dealing with the aftermath. As I spoke... Continue Reading →

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