LADING

Acceptance

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 […]

Part of So Much More

On a cool winter morning last week, as I was getting dressed for work, my grandmother’s locket presented itself from the dresser drawer where I keep it nestled in a small cardboard box. It’s a round silver locket, about the size of a quarter. My grandmother, Amy Dean Davis, had her initials elegantly engraved on […]

Gaining a New VAN-tage point

At long last, the grieving period for my 15-year-old, 235,000-mile-strong red van is over. This August she died while attempting to haul our youngest son and the contents of his college house back to campus. That van’s final act of kindness may have been that I was not the driver on her last voyage. To […]

Mirror Mirror

Throughout history, mirrors have had an interesting appeal. As a looking glass, mirrors have been thought to possess magical powers. They have been known to tell who is the fairest in the land, and alas, who isn’t. I’ve often imagined what it would be like to live in a place where mirrors don’t exist. It […]

When Life Gives You Walnuts…

For the nearly 15 years that we’ve lived in our country home in the city, I’ve had a love-hate relationship with the Walnut Tree.  Three massive 100-year old walnuts line – dare I say grace – our driveway and one even hugs our home.  They are hands-down the messiest trees on the planet.  (Hmmm, I […]

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