Serenity


One of the times when I feel "serene" is just after a snowstorm, the deeper the snow, often the more serene.  Everything feels clean, quiet, and peaceful; if that's not serenity, I don't know what is! Find More Serenity Here: overgrowth The Serenity in My Heart Photo – Serenity x Infinity Sweet Serenity Photo Friday: Niagara Falls Rainbow

Image Search: Despair


Today's writing prompt really moved me:  Pick a random word and do Google image search on it. Check out the eleventh picture it brings up. Write about whatever that image brings to mind. Here's the picture: Here's what it made me think of: My friend, A, is going through a very difficult time in her … Continue reading Image Search: Despair

Jack of All Trades, Master of None


If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick? I tend to think of myself as a jack of all trades and master of none, as the saying goes; often calling myself a "generalist" in my work life.  I know a little bit … Continue reading Jack of All Trades, Master of None

This One is Definitely Inspired


My friend Betsy is most certainly living an inspired life!  When I first met her in 1989, I knew she was amazing  when she came running into my office to show me her new tattoo.  I'm not sure she knew just how amazing her life would become as a mom, wife, business owner, entrepreneur.  I … Continue reading This One is Definitely Inspired

Motivation vs. Inspiration


When I was in graduate school one of my advisors would drop little gems into his lectures, some of which have stuck with me twenty-plus yrs later.  One of my favorites, and I can't recall who he had cited when he mentioned it, was "there's a big difference between motivation and inspiration."  Motivation, he said, … Continue reading Motivation vs. Inspiration

Finally, The Sun


In response to The Daily Post's writing prompt: "Warmth." It has been a very long month of rainy, raw days this December.  The sun could not feel better!  Our cat, Missy, loves sleeping on this chest next to the window and the heater.  She won't even let the laundry basket get in her way! Warm Bloggers: Hungry … Continue reading Finally, The Sun

Let Your Heart be Light


A reminder that the season is about peacefulness and selflessness. Well said, Martha!

Martha Reynolds Writes

Not easy sometimes, that’s for sure. A month filled with sorrow and grief, people divided, senseless acts of violence. How do you lighten a heavy heart during what should be a joyous season?

Stop. No, really. Stop. Still yourself. You have bought enough, baked enough, cleaned enough. Your holiday decorations are beautiful, last year’s sparkly sweater is still pretty and festive. With any luck, you’ve stuck to your budget, but if you overspent, okay. Stop now. It’s all enough.

Last week my friend Karen demonstrated to me the true meaning of Christmas, when she drove a hundred miles to take the ferry from Bridgeport, Connecticut to Long Island, NY. Then she drove to Save-a-Pet Animal Rescue and picked up Tiny Tim, a dog desperately in need of rescuing. Read Karen’s inspirational story.

Karen with Tim and Kimba Karen with Tim and Kimba

Well, Karen brought Tim home, introduced him to her other rescue pup…

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Twinkle, Twinkle


When I was growing up we had the bigger, primary colored lights on our tree and on the bushes around the house.  My favorites now are white lights. I'd keep them up year-round if I could, I love how they twinkle!  This picture is Christmas tree 2014.  The smaller photos around the edge are highlighting the ornaments … Continue reading Twinkle, Twinkle

Thankful for Nurse Carol


My admiration for nurses began when I was 5 years old. I was brought to the hospital to have my tonsils taken out. I remember three things most: being in a room with several shiny cribs, that I was the only little girl in the room with other pediatric patients were, and my nurse:  Nurse … Continue reading Thankful for Nurse Carol

The Cardiologist


My Mom is in the hospital. She will be okay after a surgery that will reorganize her twisted stomach and diaphragm.  If you've read any of the other posts about my family you know that I am one of eight children, so our mom is not lacking for company as she sits in her hospital … Continue reading The Cardiologist