• Real Life

    Self-Care

    In case you want to ask the question where you been at, doh?, I figured I\’d offer up the info beforehand. These last two years have been kicking my bootie. I am still reeling I think from 2021, when I worked two full time jobs for the year. I had an anxiety attack in early 2022, just when I was expecting to hit a cruising gear with everything. We moved back east in the late summer of 2022 and you know how much havoc moving makes on the soul. My mom was dealing with health challenges during all that as…

  • faith

    Asks and Gives

    There are times when all we do is ask, all we do is fall to our knees and cry out for whatever it is that we (think we) want. But the world is bigger than that. The spirit is bigger. Some may find that idea a bit floogy, mushy, or otherwise nebulous, especially if they don\’t identify with a specific spiritual practice. Yet, we all have a \’thing\’, even if we don\’t call it spirituality or faith. If we are feeling like we are in need, there\’s somewhere that our mind reaches for (qualify \’somewhere\’ however you desire: mind as…

  • Society

    I Wrote a Letter: A Missive on Mental Health

    I\’ve come to understand more and more that getting health care is not for the faint-hearted. Instead of the system getting better, it\’s become more complicated, scary, and less caring than ever. Remember the neighborhood or \’country doctor\’? If you\’re on the younger side, you might not have had the pleasure and pain of such a person, but for those of us a bit longer in the tooth, it was nothing to pick up the phone and call your family doctor (called that because they likely had been treating every ailment in the personage of every local relative for generations)…

  • Non-fiction

    2022 … And the Horse It Rode In On

    Yep. Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes fame) sums up how I feel about 2022 right here. I said to at least four people yesterday that I\’m already tired of \’22. The holidays are typically not easy but between Christmas and now has been a seeming never-ending slew of bad news. Between losses of life and health challenges, along with my own interesting health experience earlier this month that has resulted in an anxiety disorder diagnosis, it\’s been just a barrel of laughs (cue sarcastic resting face here). My real reaction after the yelling is to say that God\’s got something…

  • Non-fiction

    Belated 2022 Greetings

    I indicated that I would post on Facebook, perhaps once per year. I offered that tidbit right around New Year\’s Day, 2021. I asked that people not post in reply or on my feed through the year, since I wouldn\’t be checking it much, if at all. Imagine my chagrin when I popped in there to 1) changed my photo and 2) check in on a writing group or two that seemingly don\’t exist anywhere else … and found a litany of posts on my thread. I guess y\’all thought I was kidding. I grew tired of the fakery and…

  • Family - writing

    Infinite Possibilities

    So. Writing is a challenge. For those who think oh, it\’s nothing to write some of these stories, books, and screenplays … I mean, they\’re just making it up, right? let me share something with you. That\’s just the very first step to a good story, book, or screenplay. It\’s easy to tell when that\’s where the writer stopped working. I mentioned I\’m taking this writing course and I must admit, while I understood many of the indicated concepts, I have never executed them well. Okay, maybe a couple times, by accident, but as I\’m working through the lessons, I…

  • Non-fiction

    Humanity

    I find myself burdened by the weight of my own humanity. Photo courtesy https://pixabay.com/images/id-2964231/ Despite taking melatonin pretty consistently (by that I mean at nearly the same time each evening with few missed nights), I am again waking in the wee hours of the morning. Two nights (days?) ago, I was up at 1:30. I mean, wide awake. I got up to not disturb my beloved and went back out to the family room to finish watching a movie I’d started. I discovered that HBO Max has the entire Studio Ghibli collection and I’ve been methodically watching every one of…

  • Non-fiction

    Revenge

    Now there’s an interesting word … People of faith tend to poo-poo the notion of revenge. You know what the Scriptures say: Revenge is mine, I will repay, says the Lord. That is very true, however … there’s more to it. 5 Now you know what Zeruiah’s son Joab did to me. You know what he did to the two captains of the armies of Israel. He killed Abner the son of Ner, and Amasa the son of Jether in the time of peace as if it were in the time of war. He put the blood of war on…

  • Non-fiction

    Rona

    In case you were wondering, I’m alive, even though my presence on so-called social media isn’t. Me, November 2020 I’m alive in the time of the ‘rona. Despite its horrors, I call it that because it reminds me of the song ‘My Sharona’ (1979), the debut single from The Knack. It makes the covid not so frightening in a way, but not completely. I’ve got to find something to smile about in the midst, so please don’t judge. Just. Don’t. I’ve heard a lot of up-close horror about the ‘rona. People I care about have had people they care about…

  • Non-fiction

    Love

    It’s Election Day in the U.S. It feels funny to title this blog ‘Love’ on a day that is a first culmination of so much vitriol. But I have a reason. Let all that you do be done in love. – 1 Corinthians 16:14 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. – 1 John 4:18 For God so loved the world, that he gave his…