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 […]

A Generation Between

I wrote this many years ago…and it is still so true. Dear Children, It comes down to the difference between parenting and grandparenting. Without blaming myself as a parent, I understand the difficulties of parenting: showing love versus giving guidance; giving direction without giving orders; teaching values without imposing ideology. When you were born I […]

Writing is a Sometime Thing

I am not a professional writer. Although I will claim some expertise in expressing myself, some ease and familiarity with words and their patterns, and certainly a rudimentary knowledge of grammar and its rules, that doesn’t elevate me to the status of professional. I have been a professional in business. I have been a professional […]

Travel Connections

I have difficulty writing when I can’t reach the Internet. After all, is it really happening if I can’t post it? Is it real if I can’t share it? Did I really live it if I can’t communicate it? Social media makes traveling alone a pleasure (or certainly tolerable). Whatever I see or do, I […]

En la Playa

When I leave the country it is difficult to stay focused on my duties. After all, I have new duties…relaxing…trying to communicate in a foreign language…chatting with the villagers…deciding where to have my next meal…walking the beach… All this to say that I will perhaps be recycling some popular posts from the past for the […]

Connection as Inspiration…Solitude as Necessity

“Writing is a solitary business. It takes over your life. In some sense, a writer has no life of his own. Even when he’s there, he’s not really there.” Paul Auster   My exercise class is a group of women from the community who were instructed early on and who now self-direct. It makes for […]

Why I Write

(This is posted as a page on my menu. When I read it this a.m. I wondered, does anyone look at the pages? Do you all know why I write? Well, I’m putting it out there again.) ***************** “This is not a letter but my arms around you for a brief moment.” Katherine Mansfield Writing […]

I just can’t help myself!

In reading blogs this a.m. (Hooray, I have internet), I pulled up Year-Struck. She is always a delight, and this morning was not different.  In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I am writing with the only real purpose being to guide you to her wonderful commentary on increasing blog traffic, If you want […]

Maybe…Maybe Not

I can make a mountain out of a molehill when it comes to responsibility.   It’s my job to take care of everything for everyone within my sphere, whether it’s needed or not.  It comes from a place of love.  And perfectionism.  And control. With this sort of attitude, it shouldn’t surprise you that I can […]

My New Job

I’ve taken on a volunteer job.  It’s a post I created for myself and so I had time to envision great, selfless, helpful work that would go undone if I didn’t step into the breach.  My chest and my ego puffed up to such an intolerable size that I felt overcome with the joy of […]