august 12, 2019

“Words kill, words give life; they’re either poison or fruit—you choose.” ~ Proverbs 18:21     Despite the destruction it feels like a mansion. At least to me. I’ve never been so happy to be missing cabinets or have holes in the ceiling, walls, and floor.

august 9, 2019

“Every moment and every event of every person’s life on earth plants something in their soul.” ~ Thomas Merton     Finally a “whoa” moment when I opened the door and stepped into the kitchen. Don’t get me wrong, it was a good “whoa” despite the shocking mess because it’s taken over two months just to get this far. I’ve got my weekend cut out for me, and I’m perfectly

august 1, 2019

“Practice the Pause: Pause before judging. Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you’re about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you’ll later regret.” ~ Lori Deschene     One of the smartest, most compassionate men I know right here. Plus, I love him from the bottom of my heart. Always have. Always will.

june 27, 2016

“The questioner asked, ‘How do we treat others?’ There are no others.” ~ Ramana Maharshi     During what I call ‘Daddy-Daughter Day’, Dad and I went to Hardburly where he was born. We stopped in to visit with his first cousin, Eunice, and her husband Johnny Ambrose who live there at the mouth of Muddy Hollow. They live in a small house next door to Uncle Rufus. He was a brother to

may 16, 2016

“Let not kindness and truth forsake you. Bind them around your neck. Write them on the tablet of your heart.” ~ Unknown     Have you ever wondered how dogs learn to beg? Wonder no more. Here we see Crystal Heis demonstrating proper begging protocol. Ever the attentive students, Wally and Bianka had gotten the hang of it by session’s end. Try it with your pets.

april 18, 2016

“This day, like all days, holds great potential.” ~ Jeff Davidson     My truly gifted friend Catherine Brereton wrote a story about Mamaw. After she saw the Sacred Spaces exhibit at First Presbyterian Gallery back in October, she was inspired by the triptych of Mamaw and how devoted she was to her church. That lead to a conversation. I told Catherine a story from when I was living in Barrow, Alaska.

september 27, 2015

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every minute of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” ~ Georgia O’Keefe   I couldn’t help noticing the juxtaposition between the present and the past as I watched Aunt Janet wash breakfast dishes. On the wall hangs a photo of my grandmother washing dishes in the old house. The old kitchen was lit by a bare

march 2, 2015

“Erase from your vocabulary the word “someday.” Do not save things for “special occasions.” Take into account the fact that every day is special. Every day is a gift that we must appreciate and be thankful for. Wear your attractive clothes, wear your nice perfume, use your fine silverware and dishes, and drink from your expensive crystal glasses … just because. Live every day to the fullest and savor every

september 15, 2013

“One without anger is the one who is happiest.” ~ Unknown This is the only way my kitchen will ever look big. The alcove for the washer and dryer is too small, so they stick out into the already tiny space. Nevertheless, it’s mine and for that I am eternally grateful. I also continue to process my DC photos and be thankful for that opportunity. Today, I came across the

january 10, 2012

“A long habit of not thinking a thing WRONG, gives it a superficial appearance of being RIGHT.” ~ Thomas Payne Not the best but, it’s all I’ve got for today. And I’m reminded to polish the kettle. <sigh>