needy people

  The day my friends and I visited Charleston we found street parking near the ice cream shop we wanted to visit. The meter required actual coins and the four of us were digging around in our bags, searching for quarters and coming up mostly empty handed. A lady...

plate spinning

  I guess last week I took an accidental hiatus from writing. And from responding in a timely manner to my emails. I’ve felt a lot like I’ve been swimming underwater and the struggle to “get it all done” has been overwhelming. This is the...

Family Values

  The idea stemmed from a conversation, a comment to a conversation really.  (You never know when what you say will be the seed of an idea or the catalyst for change.) This friend mentioned having a set of family values – a list of what matters in your...

the eclipse from my yard.

  I closed my computer sometime around 7 pm Saturday night and I placed it on my desk.  I didn’t touch it again until Monday night around 10 pm.  That probably shouldn’t be a big deal – or an anything deal.  But, since typing out words is what I...

the unpleasant unexpected.

  Like all the grieving I have ever waded through, it’s the stages that take me by surprise. Some of my hard has looked like this: Giant to-another-state moves where our family left one sort of life to live another sort. Raising one child to an adult. Close...

farm, framily, feelings, photos

  At the farm I didn’t write very much. I brought a couple of books to read, but I didn’t open them.     I stayed up late every night, talking in the quiet hours with Emma and Sarah and Sally, with whomever stayed awake and was chatty.  I...