pond, red leaves

Hunkered Down and Holding

In the south, being “hunkered down” means someone is holding in a defensive position. It implies that there is stress or danger and that one must wait it out. We’ve had quite a snow storm this week, and most people haven’t left their homes as they wait for […]

neo-pagan sculpture

Culture Clash

I posted a book review eight months ago about Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. It proposes a method by which you can purge your home of all things that don’t spark joy in you and your family. […]

abandoned shack; log cabin

Believing a Lie About Yourself

Criticism is a way of life in some offices and households. Bosses don’t want you to get too big for your britches, so they feel they have to cut you down a notch. Family members want to let you know that they aren’t happy with you – what […]

hallway

Farewell 2015

“The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” Eden Phillpotts I rearranged my to-be-read stack of books today. I like to revisit each book and determine if it still fits me. If not now, maybe in the future? This year I […]

pinecones

Thoughts on Being Strong

When you are strong, things happen for you. Through grit and determination, you meet goals that others said were impossible. (Yup, I started law school as a single mother of three, ended as a married mother of four. And I still passed the bar exam the first time.) […]

purple orchids

Let Your Heart Be Known

I spent a great deal of my life protecting myself, planning ahead, taking the safe route, and feeling that I was doing the right thing. But what if I wasn’t? Although I was taking a safe route, the safer I played it, the more limited my world felt. […]

Christmas tree

Generosity of Spirit

The holidays strike a chord with me, but I can’t say it’s always harmonious. I have a lot of resistance to the commercial aspect of the holidays, the secular Santa Clause, and the customs that some people are quite devoted to that I am not. I hate shopping […]

colorado, autumn

Part of the Solution or the Problem?

When my father was diagnosed with leukemia, we could have denied his illness, kept a happy face, and asked him to take endless rounds of chemotherapy that made life increasingly more difficult to endure. Instead, we accepted that the illness and the treatment were equally difficult to handle. […]

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