• Reflections

    Patience

    Outside our family room window, two large hydrangeas are heavy with buds. Knowing what they will look like in bloom makes the waiting hard. My patience with this process is better than my patience in other areas of nature and life.   Hydrangea buds open slowly, like this recovery I’m going through. The buds and petals of the hydrangea tease, as do my good days versus not so good days. Patience wears thin at times.   Patience is not simply the ability to wait – it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. ~~ Joyce Meyer   Joyce Meyer reminds us that it isn’t only about waiting. Our behavior while waiting…

  • Writing Life,  Writing Tools

    Windows 10 and a 2-Day Conference and Geek Squad, Oh My!! and Lessons Learned

    Drawing on a line from the movie, The Wizard of Oz, I kept running the title for this post over and over in my head to the cadence used in this scene. No, I haven’t faced anything nearly as frightening or deadly as lions, tigers and bears in recent days. But Microsoft’s Windows 10 soured my technology tastes just before a two-day writing conference. Hurrying home on Saturday, I planned to spend Sunday getting Windows 10 up and running, only to decide the Geek Squad would be my best bet. And then they took longer than first thought. A Word on Windows 10 My purpose here is not to speak negatively about Windows…

  • Goals,  Time Management,  Writing

    What to Do When Life Interrupts Writing

    I could just as easily have titled this post “Writing Life and Goals Interrupted.” When I posted recently on my goals for 2014, my enthusiasm and intention to hit the track running full speed ahead and keep up that pace was undeniable. Life had other plans. Often life does. Somehow it manages to stay far enough in the background that you don’t sense it moving in to your plans. 2014 started out with interruptions. My husband and I were both hit with health issues. For him the issues he’s facing are enough to change the “who does what” around our home. I have assumed the tasks he usually does on top…