Essays

A Musing On Truth and Lies

Can you remember the first lie you ever told? I can't. What I do remember is the flush accompanying the misrepresentation, the internal conflict when the admonitions of parents and priests collided with the need to shift blame, to deny guilt. Even the slightest misdirection resulted in an agony of self-reproach. I was never a good liar. I do not have a poker face. So, in the frenzy of outright lies and daily distortions that have accompanied our current crises -- coronavirus, anti-violence protests, Black [...]

By |2020-06-30T15:39:59+00:00June 30th, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

A World Turned Upside Down

Note:  I drafted the following essay before our country erupted in chaos in protest of the police brutality and murder of George Floyd. I felt a need to add an uplifting look at the pandemic-infused world. Now, our nation is even more in need of healing. Next month, I may address this canker at the heart of our society, but for now, I offer you a breather in the midst of uncertainty. Thank you for being there...on the other side of my words. You are [...]

By |2020-05-31T17:01:37+00:00May 31st, 2020|contemplative, emotive, Essays|0 Comments

How To Survive and Thrive With Uncertainty

If there's one thing we all know, here in May of 2020, it is that the future is more uncertain than ever. A funny little virus with spikes on its belly has infected the world, overwhelmed our hospitals, and thumbed its nose at our efforts to send it away. Life as we know it has changed. We sequester in place, using time in untimely ways. The rush to sports practices and music lessons, to grocery stores and fast-food restaurants has boiled away. We stare from [...]

Toward An Invincible Spring

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.” ― Albert Camus April, in the year of our Lord 2020 The map of the world via televised reports grows ever more consumed by red blotches detailing the spread of our newest nightmare - covid-19. Sporting teams cancel seasons and tournaments. Museums, [...]

By |2020-03-31T13:10:19+00:00March 31st, 2020|contemplative, Essays, inspirational, philosophical|0 Comments

One Writer’s Marching Orders

Last month the number of events and activities in which I participate increased. I'm not complaining, simply recounting. I set a goal for myself in 2020 -- to increase my networking and presentation commitments. However, the introvert in me prefers the quiet of my writing space to the exhausting meet and greets required of all of us who wish to expand the reach of our work. Therefore, during this windy month, which ushers in that delectable hint of spring, I'm recalculating my  marching orders for [...]

By |2020-02-29T23:16:07+00:00February 29th, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

Leaping Into Space

Here we go, knitting up our imperfect skein of days with the addition of an extra twenty-four hours. Leap Year conjures up the image of a mysterious space hiding in time, a special day to be unfolded like a Valentine, unwrapped like a package, cherished like a  precious flower. For this writer, February twenty-ninth presents a rare opportunity to find within or outside of myself that space room to grow ideas. A friend of mine once wrote a wonderful short story about a young girl [...]

By |2020-02-01T01:25:20+00:00February 1st, 2020|Essays|0 Comments

A TOAST TO CHANGE

It happens every year...the rehashing of the months gone by, the anticipation of the ones to come. Many of us make resolutions. Many more just keep rolling down life's path, content to face the challenges as they come. Me...I'm a bit of a charge-ahead optimist, plotting stories and events as though each one will move me farther along on the journey I'm making. So, I don't make resolutions so much as set expectations. The end may justify the means, but it is the means that [...]

By |2020-01-28T20:25:28+00:00January 1st, 2020|contemplative, Essays, inspirational, motivational|0 Comments

When All Good Things Must End…

The old year ends, weeping snow tears, sweeping away all the treasure we have hoarded, boxing up the moments and the memories, the triumphs and the tears, gone like daylight into the last December horizon. We sleep and dream a new year into being, summoning old traditions and older history to offer, at this tail of winter starkness, new trails to follow, new paths to roam, awakening in slumbering souls a vast eternal wonderment, a promise of the goodness yet to shine. ~~~~~~~~~ May your [...]

By |2019-11-30T22:01:15+00:00November 30th, 2019|Essays|0 Comments

Take A Kid To Lunch…

I've spent a great many hours thinking about food over the last three months. Since I bought a treadmill and cut out most carbs, I've dedicated myself to losing weight...just enough to make the pants fit better and the abs return to a tighter look. In the process, I've read articles about hunger in America. Now, statistics can be misleading, interpreted to support one cause or another, or simply misstated, but this one stopped me cold: thirteen MILLION hungry children in the US alone. Thirteen [...]

By |2019-10-31T15:23:38+00:00October 31st, 2019|Essays|0 Comments

Speaking Emoji

My husband is the king of emojis. Our daughter Dana is the queen. Together they comprise the avant garde of the media generation. Like Superman, each is "faster than a speeding bullet" at typing out responses, "more powerful than a locomotive" at snappy comebacks, and capable of expressing complex emotions in a single text. When they send these witty lines to me, I often puzzle over the symbols. Just recently it occurred to me, a language teacher and a student of all things linguistic, that [...]

By |2019-09-30T18:24:42+00:00September 30th, 2019|Essays|1 Comment