LADING

Acceptance

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 […]

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 […]

#eyes_forward

Today is a beautiful day — aren’t they all? Today is the day we have, there is no telling what it will bring, and quite a while back I decided that my job is to live it and love it! There are always lessons and examples in life that remind me, often quite beautifully, of […]

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 […]

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