Pleasant

My friend and I are trying to spur each other into writing more often. We have a list of concepts that are meant to give us a jump start. Pleasant? I know what I think of as pleasant. Cozy. Comforting. Carefree. But, I had to look up the definition. pleas·ant /ˈplez(ə)nt/ adjective 1. giving a […]

Happy New Year/Decade

“Don’t live the same year 75 times and call it a life.” — Robin Sharma When I sent my grandchildren a New Year’s message this morning my oldest grandson came back with his shattering reminder – “it’s a new decade.” What??? Well, c’mon, I have lived through a lot of new decades. But this is […]

Christmas Gratitude

I have great gratitude for my family at Christmas. In addition to the normal blessings of health and love and affection I am so grateful for each and everyone of my grandchildren‘s generosity. A long time ago I began the tradition of offering each grandchild a choice in the decision of what charity will be […]

Christmas means to me…

It’s really no wonder that I have some ambivalent feelings around Christmas. I grew up without a secular tradition. Until I was a teenager, all of my Christmas memories were centered around church services. We sang a lot of hymns about the birth of Jesus but I never heard “Here Comes Santa Claus” except on […]

Serving Gratitude

May the gratitude in my heart Kiss all the universe. ~ Hafiz “No one is as capable of gratitude as one who has emerged from the kingdom of night.” ~Elie Wiesel   “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything […]

Bad Day

I found this draft from November, 22, 2017, as I was doing some housekeeping on my blog. I don’t remember writing it, specifically, but it shows me I am not as happy-go-lucky as I often think. * * * In the hospital I woke up one Saturday and was having breakfast in my corner window […]

Time for a Change!

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” Annie Dillard   Periodically, through my life I have found myself restless and discontented to the point that I pay attention. I do this every few years – Reevaluate my life because I suddenly feel as if I am living by rote. […]

Life is Good – Not a Struggle

This is my year to be hung up on my stroke, I guess. It’s my second year and reality has definitely set in. One morning while getting ready for water aerobics I pondered the struggle of get to the YMCA and into the pool. Then I thought, “Well, $*!@,  it’s not ever really going to […]

On the Water Again

Rowing was the coolest and most unlikely thing I did in my 60’s. I surprised myself by loving it. To the chagrin of my coach i was often swept away by the stillness of the lake in the early mornings or the beauty of the mist shrouding the mountains. My focus didn’t make me a […]

Remembering Mary on Her Birthday

When going through old albums in order to clear out my house, I stopped cold. I have sorted the treasures of friends and relatives after their passing. I don’t begrudge the time spent, it was a way of knowing more about their lives – touching the things that were important to them. Although I would […]