In the After…


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…

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

Moms Are Good Secret Keepers


Today's writing prompt is a fun one for me:  Can you keep a secret? Have you ever — intentionally or not — spilled the beans (when you should’ve stayed quiet)? I've always been the friend that could keep a secret; so much so, that by the time I graduated from college I felt relieved to … Continue reading Moms Are Good Secret Keepers

The Ends of the Ham


Yesterday was Father’s Day in many countries. If you could dedicate a holiday to a more distant relative, who would it be — and why? Have you heard the one about the women who, when she cooked a ham, always cut the ends off before she put it in the oven?  It goes something like … Continue reading The Ends of the Ham

Daily Prompt: Make Me Smile


If you’re feeling blah, what is the one thing you do that you can count on to put a smile on your face? There is one thing I do to make me smile when I’m having a difficult day.  I look at pictures and stories about my great-nephew, Liam, and my great-niece, Lily.  Whenever I'm … Continue reading Daily Prompt: Make Me Smile

A Habit of Gratitude


When I opened my computer tonight to begin to compose a post, I went first to my "Reader" at Word Press.  The Reader is where I see a feed of the blogs that I'm following.  The first two posts were these:  Thank You, Stars, on Word Exchange -- Love Words, and Friends, on a blog … Continue reading A Habit of Gratitude

Sisters (in-law) by Chance, Family Forever


I've mentioned before how lucky I am to have such a big family; and I am, hands-down, one of the luckiest people I know.  I've written about some of my sisters, brothers, and brothers-in-law (not all of them yet though) and one sister-in-law.  Today I'd like to thank two more sisters-in-law. First off is my … Continue reading Sisters (in-law) by Chance, Family Forever