Hello Spring and Hello You!

Hello Spring and Hello You!

Well hello there! Maybe you’ve noticed? I’ve been absent from this space for over a year. During that time I thought of dozens of things to say to you when I returned, but in the end ditched them all. I’ve decided to keep it simple and just fill you in on where I’ve been and where … Continue reading

Coming Home to My 200th Blog Post

Coming Home to My 200th Blog Post

There’s a story I’ve always loved. It’s about an old woman, Mrs. Watts, who yearns to go home, back to the farm where generations of her family lived and worked. Her ache to return is so deep, her longing so pure, that it continually occupies her thoughts and dreams. Again and again, she plans and schemes … Continue reading

Finding Deep Wisdom in a Cookie Exchange

Finding Deep Wisdom in a Cookie Exchange

Virtual cookie exchange blog hop? Of course I said yes. That is, I said yes because the wonderful Charlotte Rains Dixon of Wordstrumpet was doing the asking. Charlotte’s an author, writing coach and teacher, among many other things. If you want to get to know her a little better, by all means listen to this interview I … Continue reading

You Are Cared About!

You Are Cared About!

She noticed me out of the corner of her eye, turned, and said, “Looks like you could use more beets.” It was one of those moments that took me by surprise, because as I made my way around the salad bar the only thing that registered about her was her focus on getting her job … Continue reading

Like a Deer in the Headlights

Like a Deer in the Headlights

It’s been almost a year since we hit the deer. We were headed home from an afternoon at the coast. It was one of those crazy-beautiful Northern California fall beach days, the kind you hardly ever get in summer. We’d lingered to watch the sunset and the dark that followed came very quickly. We turned … Continue reading

Just Listen

Just Listen

Just Listen. to the wind blowing to rain falling to laughter to stories yearning to be told Just Listen. to the tone of her voice to the catch in her breath to the words she’s saying to all that she holds between those words Just Listen. to her crayons scraping paper to her hands ripping images to her fingers tracing … Continue reading

A Beautiful Reason to Make Ugly Art

A Beautiful Reason to Make Ugly Art

It was one of those afternoons. I’d been trolling websites looking for inspiration, because even though I’ve been threatening it for ages, in the next year I truly am going to revitalize both my websites. Really! But it got to the point where I couldn’t even look at another website. My head was spinning. I was on … Continue reading

Why I Stopped Saying “I’m Busy”

Why I Stopped Saying “I’m Busy”

    It all started two summers ago. That was the afternoon I was scanning Tim Krieder’s article, The Busy Trap, when suddenly I noticed I was no longer scanning. I’d slowed down. I was actually reading, which is rare when I’m in front of a screen. I was squirming in my seat a little too, because … Continue reading

It Takes As Long As It Takes

It Takes As Long As It Takes

From up here, on the crest of the hill, the valley unfolds. It’s dotted with vineyards, roaming cows, charming restaurants and jaunty hills. On a clear day I can see acres of blue sky and on a not-so-clear day it’s good too, the coastal fog rolling in and extending its puffy, dark grasp into the … Continue reading