Miscellaneous

Hand-washing and Gratitude

Friday was my birthday. What was to be a big weekend for me was pretty much high-jacked by the coronavirus. But my husband, son, and daughter-in-love did gather for a little while to celebrate another year. Which is more important than you might think because I'm one of the "at risk" population. See, I have… Continue reading Hand-washing and Gratitude

Productivity

“Just right” is a myth–do it anyway

So many people are waiting for life and circumstances to be "just right" before launching that business, writing that book, starting a family, or unleashing the next chapter of life. Here's the big secret of those you think are successful: the time will never be "just right." If you want it bad enough, you sacrifice,… Continue reading “Just right” is a myth–do it anyway

My Life

What Inspires Me…”Comadres”

I am still recovering and processing all the thoughts and feels from the weekend. My baby got married. So, today's prompt in the #SCFacebookChallenge, "what inspires you," is too much for a Facebook post. As I think over the past week, the activity, the phone calls, the last minute craziness, disagreements and apologies, the rehersal… Continue reading What Inspires Me…”Comadres”

Getting Healthy

Beware: Mental Illness Affects All! You should know…

In 2006, while I was rehabbing from strokes and heart surgery, another member of our family was diagnosed with mental illness, and consequently hospitalized a number of times. Up until that point, we were blissfully ignorant of mental illness. We quickly learned that it affects not just the one with the diagnosis, but everyone who… Continue reading Beware: Mental Illness Affects All! You should know…

My Life

Celebrating 28-years because and in spite of…

Last weekend Steve and I celebrated our 28th wedding anniversary. We enjoyed meals at new-to-us restaurants, visited Fort Worth, museums, Sundance Square, a night in a hotel, church with our youngest and his girlfriend, and reminisced about so many things we have experienced and learned over those years. Steve did some Facebook check-ins and status… Continue reading Celebrating 28-years because and in spite of…

Reading and Writing

Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation

Giving Paws, Martha L. Thompson, Self-Help: Personal Growth/Happiness Stars: 4.5 I must confess at the outset that this book was sent to me by the author. She discovered my website a number of months before her book was released. As we both write about experiences with invisible/chronic illnesses and our service dogs, we quickly connected.… Continue reading Giving Paws–Book Review and Recommendation

Writerly Life

5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration

I am a writer. That means I am compelled to write. It might be a journal, blog post, fiction, Bible study, Facebook status update, or even Tweet, but I must write. It's been this way since childhood. When other children were drawing pictures, I was using those jumbo crayons to write. It didn't bother me one… Continue reading 5 Favorite Sources of Writing Inspiration

Writerly Life

Oh Calliope, Where Art Thou?

I have a confession to make. It's Thursday, and today I am struggling to honor my commitment/challenge to myself to blog twice a week, preferably on Mondays and Thursdays. Actually, I'm struggling to write anything. Life and illness keep getting in the way. I don't feel inspired or motivated. I haven't added any words to my… Continue reading Oh Calliope, Where Art Thou?

Biblical Bits, Getting Healthy

Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

I've suffered from chronic and invisible illnesses since I was a teenager. Migraines at 15, endometriosis at 17, back issues thanks to a car accident in college, Crohn's Disease and Anylosing Spondylitis in my 20s, and then strokes which are probably symptomatic of a larger neurological disorder in my late 30s. I have frustrated family,… Continue reading Encouragement from the Woman with the Issue of Blood

Writerly Life

It Takes Courage

“Creativity takes Courage” ~~Henri Matisse I think I have always known this, as I spent years lacking the courage to create anything considered artistic. I was able to sew, knit, cross-stitch, play piano, etc., and did those things well enough to earn 4-H ribbons at the county fair and win competitions; however, most of those… Continue reading It Takes Courage