Five Ways Out of Thousands That I’m Fortunate

I consider myself fortunate in thousands of ways. When we truly think about what we have, as well as what we don’t have to deal with, a staggering number of blessings surrounds each of us. This is true even in hard times. Without getting into overlapping circles of gratitude, five … Read more…

Every Form of Refuge Has Its Price

Our nation is a form of refuge for about 326 million people and it, too, has its price. Our land of many freedoms is currently struggling to regain its footing and to find its missing moral compass. We have to be successful in this because our own citizens continue to … Read more…

Can We Remain Silent Amid the Chaos?

Do we cower in fear like most of Congress is doing while our nation is being torn apart? Do some of us support The Party like robots instead of searching the individual’s behavior? Actions do speak much louder than words, though there is nothing mightier than the pen to instigate … Read more…

Just Hangin’ in There

When someone asks how we’re doing, we frequently answer, “Oh, hangin’ in there.” We can’t go deeper without burdening the sometimes casual questioner. Even when the question is sincere, it usually takes too much of our limited energy to explain what’s going on, especially for an introvert. More so, if … Read more…

Compassion, Yes! Looting, No!

It warms your heart to see compassionate responses to disaster, whether it’s an individual’s personal tragedy or a crisis that’s citywide/statewide/nationwide or worldwide. In the beginning, help pours in: People volunteer their time and skills (Angel Flight is one for those who are pilots – scroll to choose your state). … Read more…

Would You Be Ready?

The floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other disasters in our world are increasing in frequency and severity. We watch coverage of them on TV news and the Internet, while fervently praying, “Oh, please, God, help them! Make it stop!” and “Please God, not here! Please don’t let that happen here!” But … Read more…

Do You Have a Vision Board?

True to form for artistic things, I was late to the party when it came to creating a vision board for my future. After decades without a vision board, I wondered if I should waste my time planning and envisioning my future, or what’s left of it. But one of … Read more…

To Those Who Snoop and Spy on the Innocent

This open letter may sound a little contentious and most of us know contention comes from the father of all lies, that is, Satan. But I’m not a doormat and won’t act like one. In this case, I will not keep quiet and just practice patience. I have something to … Read more…

Incredibly Dangerous Behavior

I’ve never understood the game of one-upmanship.  It’s usually played by extremely insecure people, both men and women, while the rest of us roll our eyes. That’s until it zooms past being irritating and becomes dangerous. One-upmanship often leads to mindless mouthing off. Nowadays the world can’t afford stupidity anywhere, … Read more…

The Best Date Ever

Thinking back over the years of bad dates and good dates brings both awesome and bittersweet experiences to the surface. How do so many vibrant memories of everything stay crammed into our overloaded brains until the right question releases them? After 44 years of an up-and-down marriage, I found myself … Read more…