personal revelation

A Discourse On Loss

"No man is an island." John Donne, Devotions upon Emergent Occasions As 2017 closes out its run, I struggle through the immensity of unmooring that the year has brought.  My bubble life of structure and belief in the common decency of man has suffered a knock-out punch. As a child of the sixties, I am no stranger to turmoil. However, the bouts of political insanity that rock the country strain my belief that goodness will triumph. A minority should never determine the course of the [...]

By |2017-12-31T11:59:00+00:00December 31st, 2017|contemplative, emotive, Essays, inspirational, philosophical|0 Comments

How I Lost My Voice…And Found It Again

The day, the hour, the moment muteness descended on my writing voice crouches in the deepest corner of my heart, waiting to pounce at unexpected times. As my son's birthday, May 27, approaches, I feel the memory uncurling, preparing to leap, determined to remind me that wounds can be dressed but some scars never heal. Dayton Children’s Hospital, September, 1973. 11:00 a.m. A doctor I do not know explodes from his office, lifts my three-month old infant from my grasp and swings him in the [...]

By |2016-05-13T14:28:09+00:00May 13th, 2016|Essays, inspirational, motivational|1 Comment

Tea and grAttitude – 2015

My internal clock ticks off the last minute of sleep and, bingo, I'm awake. Others in my birth family share this early-riser phenomenon. No matter how late we stay up, the need to rise at dawn is overpowering. Padding through the silent house, I try a little socks slide on the hardwood, channel my inner child and greet Eos with joy. Then the ritual takes over. Several actions must occur before I can move on with the day. Graycie, the cat who adopted us, follows [...]

By |2019-12-31T01:45:08+00:00December 15th, 2015|Essays, inspirational|0 Comments

Why I Decided To Like Chamber Music

I'm not a musician. Wish I were, but the truth is that particular talent eludes me. However, I do love music, all kinds of music: classical and country, rock and jazz, folk and church and norteño. While I may not be able to play the notes, I can appreciate the complexity of a composition, the talent required to create and arrange. I attend philharmonic  concerts, when time and finances permit. This past year I've gone to hear Emmy Lou Harris and Rodney Crowell and Madelyn Peyroux and Boz [...]

By |2019-12-31T01:45:54+00:00September 16th, 2015|Essays|0 Comments