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Meaning Mondays: August!

In summer, the song sings itself. ~William Carlos Williams Ahhhh, August. That time of year, in my neck of the woods, when the thermometer has been known to hit the century mark. The last full month of summer. Also known as the dog days. By the way, I sure like that phrase: dog days of … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: Lazy

THERE IS MUCH TO DO. Calls to be made. A workshop to be planned. Articles to be written. Tables to be dusted. Laundry to be washed. Clothes to be ironed. Meals to be cooked. Plants to be fertilized. Bills to be paid. THERE IS MUCH TO DO. NO QUESTION ABOUT IT. As it sinks in, … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Sniffles Edition

Like everybody else, when I don’t know what else to do, I seem to go in for catching colds. ~George Jean Nathan I’ve been under the weather the past few days. Nothing serious, just a vague sneezy virus that settles in the chest and leaves a general feeling of malaise in its wake. Bestowed upon … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Less is More Edition

Did you ever hear the story about National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg? Back in the fall of 1994, he got tired of the grind. The endless treadmill. The pressure to produce more. So what did he do? He hightailed it back home, to the Boundary Waters area of Northern Minnesota. In that wild and beautiful … Continue reading

Eight Black Shoes

A few days ago I entered the bedroom, kicked off my shoes, and laughed. Not a big, robust laugh. But rather a quick, take-you-by-surprise laugh. Sort of an abbreviated chuckle. The kind that shows up unexpectedly and stops you in your tracks, reminding you that yes, this is your life. Know what I mean? On … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Big Rabbit Edition

I’ve always loved old movies. Really old movies. Long before streaming videos, DVD’s, or even VCR’s, I’d wheel the ancient portable TV into my room and stay up late, mesmerized by them. It didn’t even matter that my mom was a throwback who decreed color television a needless invention, because most of the movies were … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Singing Blog Edition

Meaning Mondays: The Singing Blog Edition

All deep things are song. It seems somehow the very central essence of us, song; as if all the rest were but wrappages and hulls! ~Thomas Carlyle I found so much insight and joy last week from your comments about story. You captured the galvanizing impact that story has had on people for thousands of … Continue reading

The Kindness of Strangers

Last week when I was writing about the hallway of transition an unexpected visitor arrived at my imagination’s door, unbidden. Without calling ahead, Blanche Dubois aimlessly wandered across my visual landscape in her rhinestone tiara and yellowing ball gown, looking forlorn and rather lost. And then, back in the real world, I serendipitously discovered that … Continue reading

Meaning Mondays: The Teapot Edition

This is the story of a small, gently used teapot. It came into my life three years ago, a gift from my husband. Claimed from among a ragged family of fiestaware at an antique store. And like the friskiest puppy in the litter, it called out: pick me, pick me! “A real find,” Dave proclaimed, … Continue reading