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Christmas is…

Christmas is…

When  is Christmas? Oh, I know it’s on December 25th. I know it’s soon, but when is it Christmas for you?  I read an article awhile back that started out something like this. “There’s an old saying that it’s more blessed to give than to receive. I disagree...

Preventing Past Regret

It’s been 8 years, but I think you will understand my hesitation to tell this story when you recognize the topic. You see, I’m the optimist, positive thinker, peacemaker, encourager, and eternal cheerleader. I prefer to work back stage, not on the stage, and I run...

this is where i leave you

Yesterday I noticed a commercial on TV for a new movie. My breath caught when I heard the title, This Is Where I Leave You. How often over the past few weeks have I thought about the void of an empty room, the hollow feeling a trailing wave, the finality of a closed...

You can’t finish if you don’t start!

It was August. Kids returning to school, summer vacations winding down, promise of cooler weather, and structure. Oh, how I love structure where activities are neatly packaged and stacked inside calendar squares. In fact, that’s probably why I am infatuated with...

Life is Basically a Repeat Action

A few weeks ago, while hiking a trail in the Keweenaw Peninsula of Upper Michigan, I noticed how effortlessly our group traversed the winding paths over rocks, under broken branches, through groves of trees, and along the water’s edge. What would have been a...

Let’s Talk

Once Upon a time – and the story has a beginning. Do you ever wish for a place to let down all your defenses, a place where every curtain could be opened, a place where you could say whatever is on your mind, a place to be at peace? Where is that place for you? Where...

The Voice of Inspiration

Three years ago, I was inspired!  I shared dinner around the table with a children’s book author. I know. You’re ready to click ‘done’ and move on. I hear you.  “So, what?” you ask. Stay with me here because I promise you, there is something remarkable about author,...