Activist = campaigner, protester, objector, militant, advocate; forward looking, advanced, innovative, ahead of its time, avant-garde On Facebook this week I received an invitation to join #Pantsuitnation (more info here). Although I'd heard about it prior to election day and knew it was meant as a visual way to support the first woman candidate … Continue reading Activist, Who Me?
So much pain, fear, and for some--absolute agony and despair. Surprisingly, I'm almost glad that I am not trying to raise children in an environment that's become so fraught with divisive and negative language and actions. Years and years of watching news reports about political violence following elections in other countries, I could not have … Continue reading In the After…
Throughout this entire, long, drawn-out, nasty campaign for the Presidency of the United States I have kept opinions to myself. I would not engage in ANY political discussions with anyone: family, friend, coworker or stranger in line at the grocery store. I even kept my mouth shut watching the third presidential debate with my husband … Continue reading Now What?
This week's photo challenge (Rare) got me thinking about how rare it is for me to have an elderly person in my life. Last week we took our friend and former neighbor, Lucille, out for her birthday--her 89th birthday! been in assisted living now for 3 years; since her third, and last, fall in her home. She does not have … Continue reading Lucille (weekly photo challenge)
Isn't that a great word: polka?! Today's writing prompt is about words that sound like the thing they describe (personal favorites: puffin; bulbous; fidgeting). The prompt conveniently fits with my theme for next couple of days. As I come to the close of my year of thanks, I'm reposting the first 7 blogs I wrote--this was my … Continue reading Do You Know How To Polka?
My husband and I were on a ride around town this afternoon, driving slow and taking in the sites. Sometimes when I'm driving and another car is following, the husband will get a little antsy and ask me to pull over to let the car pass. Even though I'm doing the speed limit and it … Continue reading Timmy’s Family Restaurant
In honor of Memorial Day 2014 When I was in college we had different speakers come to our dorms in the evening to talk with us. An effort to extend the learning outside the classroom and a chance for faculty members to "connect" with students differently, we would listen to professors or staff who had … Continue reading Vietnam War Memorial, Never Forget
When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened! You know that television commercial for a well-known insurance company, the one where a man helps a woman with her stroller, then she helps someone else...and on it goes? I'd like to think that's how … Continue reading Kindness of Strangers Daily Post
On Friday I'll be giving a keynote type of speech to a group of AmeriCorps VISTA members. If you don't know what that is you can look it up here. I was contacted about two months ago by the person organizing the event. When we spoke on the phone she mentioned that someone I knew … Continue reading Inspiration Is, As Inspiration Does
Theoretically, summer will return to the polar-vortex-battered Northern Hemisphere. What are you looking forward to doing this summer? It was a terribly long winter in New England. In fact, if I was still living in Vermont I'm sure I'd be shoveling the snow away from the house to see if the daffodil bulbs were pushing through … Continue reading Summer’s Around the Corner