LADING

Penny For Your Thoughts

A penny caught my eye as I strolled across the grocery store parking lot. Not one to let it go unnoticed, I stopped and picked it up. I’ve heard that pennies are messages from loved ones, and signs of good fortune. For me, picking it up was just a left over childhood habit. After giving […]

My Mismatched Pile

I love my stack of well-used mismatched cloth napkins. It’s not a neat pile though I sometimes wish it were. Some are worn down fabric squares, some thick and nearly like canvas, some simple bandanas, others embroidered artistic pieces. A few contain stains stubbornly penetrating the fabric dye. Many times I’ve thought that I should […]

The Bowl of Peas

I’m surprised I can still eat them, still enjoy them. Their color is so vibrant, taste so pleasant and  unassuming. However, an event concerning a bowl of peas almost ruined them for me. An embarrassing moment. But I have had so many subsequent gaffes and blunders that this one, while still remembered, pales in comparison […]

Let it Snow!

Snowflakes. They fall as if the heavenly stars let go… let go of everything. They float and drift, as if they’re looking for a place to land, but feel at home wherever it may be. Snow is the great equalizer- it covers boundaries. Yards, roads- they are the same; covered in white. In Florida, snow […]

Bonus Time – The Value of an Extra Hour

It’s hotly debated (at least on the internet!) whether Daylight Saving Time serves any purpose in today’s world. Springing forward and falling back certainly cause issues which may be considered challenging and possibly beneficial. In any case, this month we did ‘fall back’ and as I do most years, I had a conversation with myself […]

Full Circle

  In 1978 I was assigned to Ox College “3 South” corridor.  The all girls freshman dorm, located one mile from campus, was the dreaded dorm room assignment. Even my waitlisted high school girlfriend was relieved to be given commuter status rather than receive my dorm draw.  I laugh at the tears my eighteen-year-old self […]

Enough?

Enough. How much is really enough? It’s kind of fun to challenge yourself and see how little you can have to be content. We are used to living with limitations, but what about living without them? That can be harder than expected… Lotto fever is bigger than its ever been before. They’ve actually changed the […]

Open the Jar, The Bell Jar

  I tiptoed around The Bell Jar for years without actually reading the story. With an upcoming new movie being introduced, and with a little time on my hands, I was intrigued to lift the lid, and take a peek. What surprised me the most was how funny author Sylvia Plath was! When she described […]

When Normal is So Much Better than Average

I’ve spent my entire adult life celebrating and embracing being a little different than normal. I hear the off beat of a different drummer, and have grown to love that sound. But recently I rejoiced upon receiving a letter declaring me normal. And, yes, the word “normal” was actually bolded in print, not just in […]

Change!

Change is the only constant, so they say. Change can come slowly, like a well worn shoe, or as sudden as a clap of thunder.  Change can be terrifying. It may leave us unable to breathe. It can also be like the ocean’s waves and roll right over us without hesitation or influence. As we […]

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