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Balancing Act

Every time I sit down to balance the checkbook, I cringe. I want everything to balance perfectly, an occurrence that is roughly akin to the total eclipse scheduled for April of this year. It isn't that I'm not responsible about entering deposits or expenditures, but there are two of us in this household scribbling numbers on those skinny lines, and, once in a while, we don't get it quite right. Receipts help to keep me honest. Carrying that piece of responsibility from the counter to [...]

By |2024-02-02T16:59:11+00:00February 2nd, 2024|Blog|0 Comments

Building A Soundtrack for 2024

(Imagine music playing in the background...) The Echo on the counter flashes blue when I speak a request to Alexa. Her soothing voice responds and in less than a minute, Classic vinyl on Sirius spools into the heated kitchen. I hum along as I knead the dough for Grandma Jenny's specialty pastries or poke cabbage leaves into thumbprint rolls filled with ground beef and pork, a New Year's tradition. Later, I sort through the collection of holiday CDs, play them all in batches, find the [...]

By |2023-12-31T18:03:56+00:00December 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

As the Old Year Ends

As the Old Year Ends When the cold of December knocks the warmth from my skin, and the trees turn burnt umber and the fields cease their bright  goldenrod grins, I grease trays with butter, trim the mantel, light the fire, and dance to the beat of my heart's keen desire: that peace comes dripping, an icicle flow, that joy, like an echo, will follow and grow, that anger will mellow in the fire's red holiday glow, and that all who abide, hurting, will find [...]

By |2023-11-30T20:31:37+00:00November 30th, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

Only the Good

The Autumn Blaze maple in the backyard spreads its glory across the wildflower garden for most of the month of October. While the vegetable and wildflower beds have withered and the tree withdraws into its winter coma, I am blessed with beauty at every turn. Then the rain comes, and the leaves scatter across the grass, laying down a layer of compost for next year. I savor the splendor of a season well-lived, of plans made and revised, of goals reached and not reached. My [...]

By |2023-10-31T17:51:09+00:00October 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

Of Traveling and Time

Going on any trip is time traveling. Think about it. The car, train, plane, or bus speeds through time, carrying us forward into the future or backward into the past. Our trip to the British Isles brought this home more abruptly than ever as we journeyed from London in the now to Straford-On-Avon and into William Shakespeare's childhood home. Our odyssey took us to Glasgow, Edinborough, Belfast, Dublin, and Cardiff, treading the stones of past history and ongoing political endeavors. We ended the tour at [...]

By |2023-10-02T16:41:16+00:00October 2nd, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

September and the Relentless March of Time

September always makes me think about Bilbo Baggins and the dwarves setting off on an adventure, his furry hobbit feet and their sturdy dwarf ones whispering through the long grasses of the fields bordering the Shire. Perhaps it's because the prairie beyond our home waves at me each morning, the hummingbirds come to feed, and the app on my phone records the slowly departing birdsong that has sustained me throughout the lovely summer days. There is a hint of mystery in the lessening of daylight, [...]

By |2023-08-31T16:20:26+00:00August 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

August Reverie

This is my August reverie... There is never a perfect time to ponder one's direction in life. After all, those chores won't do themselves. The workload won't ease up. The needs, wants, demands, and fears of the world conspire to pull us from contemplation into action. But on a hot summer night when the sky glows with sunset smiles and the fireflies ease from their day nests to grace the darkness and the bullfrog on the edge of the pond announces his dominance, I find [...]

By |2023-07-31T16:09:49+00:00July 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

A Midsummer’s Madness

Oh, how quickly the days speed by! It's already July and I'm writing like crazy...two novels completed, another in the R and D stage. Yes, writers do research and development, we just don't refer to it as such! Had the opportunity to visit the Ohio History Center to read up on Quakers in southern Ohio and their involvement with the Underground Railroad movement in the first half of the nineteenth century. What a fascinating deep dive into that period. I learned so much and still [...]

By |2023-06-30T17:58:20+00:00June 30th, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

Find Your Summer Retreat

Because it's summer... Because you deserve to find joy... Because the world is truly "too much with us" these days... Find a place where you can retreat from the stress, pressure, cares, sorrows, a place where you feel your own life thrumming through your body. Savor the land and the sky, the mountains and the water. Inhale the fragrance of lilac, rose, and new-mown grass. Open every sense to the pleasure of residing in the moment and allow that peace to heal, if only for [...]

By |2023-05-31T16:34:13+00:00May 31st, 2023|Blog|0 Comments

Are You a Word Warrior?

The arrival of May signals a change in the tempo of growing things. The  garden beds warm, seeds germinate, the pond and prairie hum with exuberant life. A new set of goslings in the neighborhood delight with their fuzzy bodies as they follow their tribe across the lawns and into the water. While the young ones practice swimming, their parents, ever vigilant, remain on guard to protest the incursion of dogs off leash, eager to prove their hunting skills, or fend off hawks that swoop [...]

By |2023-04-30T17:33:46+00:00April 30th, 2023|Blog|0 Comments
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