New Year, New Me?

Maybe you’re the type of person who makes resolutions or sets some goals or dreams for the coming year at the stroke of midnight and eagerly plunges headfirst into doing what you set out to do.  Perchance you’re more like Lieutenant Dan with the cold hard stare of a depression fueled by traumatic circumstances and […]

Glad tidings

Since July, I have been doing something that, for me is so simple and ordinary, but apparently, it’s a big deal. In July, I made the decision to start celebrating the birthdays, anniversaries, and other celebrations of other people…. and not just the small group of family and friends I normally celebrated. About once a […]

Take the time to find the sacred

Today is Christmas Day, a time of celebration for many around the world. It is the culmination of the Advent season in the liturgical calendar. And since I am one of those who celebrate, sometimes I let my beliefs settle into these blog posts. As I sit here in my humble abode, a blanket of […]

Love

Note – I posted this blog originally on 25 May 2022, but added to it 7 December 2022, so I am republishing it. “And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39 (both the NIV and NRSV are worded this way.) I chose to lead this blog post with a Bible […]

Limbo

Sometimes in my writing, I feel like I am in a sort of limbo stage. I ask myself, now what? And as usual, it comes about this time of the year, when I should be excited about the holiday season. After all, NaNoWriMo has been completed for another year by yours truly. I did win, […]

Reflections

I’m going to tell you something: When I sometimes look in a mirror, I don’t see the person that others see me to be. I often see all of my flaws, my failures, the names I was called when I was younger. I hear the voices in my head that I try often to be […]

The Casserole

Recently, I heard a sentiment that made me pause and reflect: The holidays are a casserole dish of emotion. At this time of year, no truer words could be spoken. During these shorter days, we deal with many different emotions, often coming in waves upon waves, triggered by something said or done. And in these […]

Grace enough

Every time I make a mistake or don’t think fast enough on my feet or do anything that I perceive may be a slight to someone else, I hear it in my head. That negative voice. The one only I can hear, that rears its ugly head any time I do something imperfectly. “Why didn’t […]

Faith Like a Child

Light-up shoes flashed as he ran, unabated by the atmosphere of the adults taking part in the discussion around him. He giggled as he played with a ball he had found, the wings of the bumblebee costume he insisted on wearing flapping with each step he took. Both the shoes and the wings garnered some […]