• Life,  Pandemic,  Quotes

    Pandemic Firsts

    We writers manage to find plenty to say about the pandemic. Some of it is uplifting. Some not so much. Yet, we are writing to keep ourselves sane, and so we write whatever touches us.   Today my husband and I experienced a first. And it brought to mind several other firsts that have happened during the pandemic.    This first was a follow-up visit for each of us with our primary care doctor via Updox, like Zoom. Neither of us had had a medical visit via technology before, and so had no idea what we were to do before, during, and after. Despite that, everything went very well.  …

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    Changes,  Family History,  Life,  Quotes

    What Does a Calendar in Covid Time Look Like?

    The sun sets, and the sun rises, bringing us a new day.   “Where’s your calendar?”   Those words request a coming together to check and synchronize our calendars. Three separate calendars need complete synchronicity. There’s the kitchen calendar, Bob’s little black book calendar, and the calendar I carry with me. Neither of us is willing to trust our important engagements to a digital calendar. I do use Google calendar for writing deadlines.   Yet, our habit is in the throes of slow death, and it is dying because our calendars are bare. There is nothing to synchronize.   Pure white is the color of the squares on the kitchen…

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    Life,  Quotes,  Reflections,  Social Issues

    “I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can.”

    I think I can. I think I can. I think I can. I know I can. Perhaps you learned this iconic quote in childhood. It is attributed to Watty Piper, a pen name of Arnold Munk, owner of the publishing firm of Platt & Munk. Munk wrote children’s books, including this favorite, The Little Engine That Could.   Growing up, we read the Little Golden Book edition of The Little Engine That Could. Our favorite book soon became tattered, torn, faded, and fingerprinted with our love. With eight years between us, I read the book to my younger brother.      On February 10th, we had a group of young men at…

  • Gratitude,  Life,  Quotes,  Reflections

    It’s the Little Things That Count

    As I reflect on the past four years, I realize that my grumbling, complaining, and feeling sorry for myself taught me something so simple:       It is easy to list some of the simple things for which I am grateful: God’s promises of healing A simple smile The words “I love you” My husband cooking, cleaning, and more A phone call from your son while he’s traveling on business A short visit from your next-door neighbor Bags of meals for several nights picked up by the same neighbor Thoughtfulness from anyone Numerous healthcare givers treating you well The first sight of spring 2019 when Bob rolled me in…

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    Life,  Quotes,  Writing

    2020 Word :: Renewal

    Choosing a word for 2020 has been a slow process for me. There were many I could have chosen and almost did. Yet they didn’t seem to fill the bill, so to speak.   Simultaneously, I started my word search and reading Leeana Tankersley‘s book. Tankersley’s book, The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt & Receiving Rest, guides us through her personal transformation. Within the first pages of her book, Tankersley recalls four words from the Rule of St. Benedict:   Always we begin again.   I picked up my highlighter and read on. The words Tankersley wrote I soaked up like a sponge. Were her words speaking to me? Was…

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    Quotes,  Social Issues

    Kindness :: A Word for Us All in 2020

    An infusion of kindness throughout our individual lives and relationships, our cities, towns, country, and the world is needed. I came across these words from Albert Schweitzer recently. They offer wisdom and hope in considering how we can spread kindness.   Think for a moment about evaporating the angst, hatred, racism, and prejudice at work in today’s world.   Featured Image Attribution: The Extraordinary Businesswoman