LADING

Acceptance

Not So Empty Nest

Okay, I confess.  I embraced the Empty Nest concept a little more readily than my husband. A little more joyfully than anyone I know for that matter.  Empty Nesta Fiesta was my mantra!  Taking back over the house, owning all my free time, and living without a need for a schedule around meals (cereal or […]

Easy to Love

“It is easy to love your friend, but sometimes the hardest lesson to learn is to love your enemy.” Sun Tzu, The Art of War Some people are easy to love; they bring smiles and joy to others and are a pleasure to know.  Thank you to God and the universe for these sweet, giving […]

Peeling Off My Shell

On my morning bike ride I came upon a small gopher tortoise, about the size of my palm, in the middle of the road.  Its tiny smooth shell glistened in contrast to the hot, steamy blacktop paving. I continued on my path, not wanting to disturb the natural order of things. But on my way […]

A Little Rumi for Ya

“Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.” “Stop acting so small. You are the universe in ecstatic motion.” “What you seek is seeking you.” “If you are irritated by every rub, how will your mirror be polished?” ‘Forget safety. Live where you […]

Tradition Somewhat Redefined

This morning, a friend joined us for coffee as conversation morphed into a discussion of family traditions. Jim lamented that while our family did take wonderful ski vacations, they all kind of blurred together as one without a distinct Hallmark memory, or monumental trip.     True, ours is not exactly a typical household.  Probably in […]

Get Real! I will too!

I have just made a mid-year resolution.  I am going to stop saying that I need to get a real job. If there is anyone who knows about jobs, it would be me!  Some of us can’t count as high as the number of jobs that I have had.  A friend told me that I […]

Which Moms are Doing it Right?

Much is written about the “mommy wars” – the surprising (to me anyway) instances of women insulting, offending and sometimes outright attacking others for the choices they make in how they raise and support their families. This may not be a recent development but I never noticed it when I was working and raising little […]

It’s As Easy As

Finding balance comes in many forms. It can be physical, as well as emotional. Balance is what keeps us in check and enables us to face each day with strength and joy. Balance came to me in the form of a bicycle. I was eight years old and my father was stationed in Viet Nam […]

Not So Square

Gathered in the old VFW hall were people of all shapes and sizes, backgrounds and ages (well, mostly our age or older, dear readers!)  The wooden floor of the hall, reminiscent of a 1950s school cafeteria, was about to be transformed into a platform of rhythm, movements, and  joy.  The joy manifests as you rediscover […]

Because He Said So

Although the calendar still declares another week of winter, our weather has long since transitioned into something more resembling late spring.  I removed the decorative sled from the front porch weeks ago. As winter fades, I take out and revisit one of my favorite, least faded, memories of my father.  In my parents’ home, “Because […]

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