Sameness

twins, identical twins, same, alike, twin girls

Sameness is an awkward word, isn't it? But in these pandemic days, it's the best suited to circumstances in our home. A few mornings ago I lay awake listening to the morning sounds. Inside there was nothing happening. The cats weren't even hassling us for morning treats. Outside I could hear rain falling and occasional…

A Quick Word

mouse, mammal, grass, stones, field mouse

Just a quick word about the things I "sort of promised" in a recent post on October 22, 2020. In that post, I mentioned potential writings in the works as well as some book reviews. Quoting Robert Burns's words in his poem, To a Mouse: The best laid schemes o' mice an' men gang aft…

Kindness :: A Word for Us All in 2020

kindness, giving, gifts, hands, flowers

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…

Hey Mom!

man using Smartphone, outside, coffee, hey mom!

Hey Mom!   I knew immediately who was calling—the dinner hour, traveling for work, alone, no one else to talk to. It had to be our older son, Craig. At 48, he still called home when he needed to talk or ask a question. Your kids may grow up but in some instances, they never…

A Second Reading

Goldfinch, Donna Tartt, reading, young woman

Last week as we watched TV, perhaps preseason football, an ad for a new movie popped up. The movie is an adaptation of Donna Tartt's Pulitzer Prize (2014) winning novel, The Goldfinch. As I watched the trailer, for some reason I thought I had not read The Goldfinch.  After the game finished, I quickly went to find…