Grief Balms: Snow Globes & Beauty Emergencies

Grief seems to be at every corner this year. Many of us have shared occasions for grief, such as illness and death, the loss of normalcy, shuttered shops and closed schools, dwindling dollars in our bank accounts, isolation and loneliness. Most of us also have personal reasons for grief. For two weeks I haven’t left … Continue reading Grief Balms: Snow Globes & Beauty Emergencies

Word Play & Dog Walks: Fun-Ambulist

As a writer, I am a total geek for fun words. I have fond memories of spelling and vocabulary lessons as far back as elementary school; also, some not-so-fond memories when, because I was such an avid reader and therefore exposed to oh so many words, my spelling words were marked incorrect because I wrote … Continue reading Word Play & Dog Walks: Fun-Ambulist

Following the Words: Scattered

One evening I heard myself say to my husband, “I feel scattered.” I went on to explain just a few of the dizzying directions in which my brain was spinning: the books I’m reading--to study the author’s writing style, to challenge myself to learn about life from a different perspective, to unwind before bed; my … Continue reading Following the Words: Scattered

Getting Crafty: Working and Playing with Creativity

Do you have a craft, a skill you exercise regularly to make something?Do you consider yourself crafty, making things for fun or profit? Yes, I know, “crafty” also means deceptive, but that’s not this post. My craft is writing. I work at it diligently most days of the week. I employ different techniques depending on … Continue reading Getting Crafty: Working and Playing with Creativity

Weakness Isn’t Failure

Check out my new accessory: crutches. Related: my world keeps shrinking. First it was shelter-in-place. All the places I could go before the pandemic whittled away to home plus walkability. And my ongoing joy before and during SIP has been walking around our beautiful small town. Time with my husband, with my dogs, with myself, … Continue reading Weakness Isn’t Failure

Keep Going

I fell this morning while running with the dogs. I have no idea what happened, whether I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk or if I bumped the dogs or they bumped me, or maybe I just didn’t pick my foot up high enough. Whatever happened, I soared gracelessly through the air and landed … Continue reading Keep Going

Reading: Sept-Oct 2018

I read exactly the same number of books (seven) in two months of my busy season than I did in my slow-speed summer, opposite reactions to bad news. This summer, I felt too stunned to read much. Summer came and went and, other than our trips, I'm not sure what I did. This fall, I … Continue reading Reading: Sept-Oct 2018

Hollow-ing

After school drop-off, after a mellow stroll at the park with the dogs, I flopped in my favorite chair, holding the arm rests as if I might slide to the floor. I felt gutted, empty, numb. Somewhere in the wee waking hours, my goal of practicing yoga that morning had withered; the pounding in my … Continue reading Hollow-ing

Back Up

I've been unintentionally off the blog for two weeks. Unintentionally, because my computer was hacked three times in three months. The first time, in April, we didn't know my computer was the hacker's way in. Hacked again exactly one month later, I happened to be on my computer and watched as I was locked out, … Continue reading Back Up

When It Clicks

College, first semester freshman year, I had a professor (in a non-writing class) who taught me one of the most useful skills I have ever learned: freewriting. "For the next minute [or three, or five], put pencil to paper and Do Not Stop! If you cannot think of anything to write, write that. If that … Continue reading When It Clicks