A much needed hike

I am fortunate to have every other Saturday off, for the most part, at my full time job. This past Saturday was one such day and it was a glorious autumnal day at that. Since the other half works a traditional Monday to Friday 9-5 job, he and I plan things to do on my […]

Rains

This summer, my little swath of the Midwest has been having some drought-like conditions. For most of the summer, precipitation was scarce. Yes, we had a storm here or there, but not enough to do more than moisten the ground before the dry warmth of the summer sun baked it up again. But this past […]

Road trips

Road trips are a beacon of summer.  Mention a road trip to an American and one is instantly transported to miles and miles of connecting interstates and roadways, where at any moment any number of cars are traveling.  Who knows what cars one might see on the road trip too.  There are infinitesimal numbers of […]

Breath

Today is Pentecost in most Christian denominations. Traditionally, it is the day that the Holy Spirit was gifted to the early church. This day is considered the birthday of the Christian denomination. Thinking about this day also makes me think of the Holy Spirit. It then leads me, almost naturally to think of that title […]

Learning to Dance Again

The other night, the other half and I, along with a good friend of ours, went to our local zoo for a fundraising event called the Wild Lights Festival. There were illuminated lanterns everywhere depicting many mythological creatures, endangered animals and more. Even though a thunderstorm was rolling in, we decided to go, since it […]

Just Be

Today I was able to get outside and do some writing out under my favorite tree at my favorite little park. I was able to just sit and be. And of course, let my mind wander and compose words, sentences, whole paragraphs even without trying to bend it to any will. It’s the be-ing part […]

The Constantly Changing, Mood Inducing, Sometimes Bizarre Weather

It’s been officially Spring in my little swath of the Midwest for the past couple of weeks, though sometimes, some days, it doesn’t feel like it. There are days when it’s beautiful and warm. I’ve posted a few of those beautiful days on my Instagram, documenting the beauty and the magic of the warm spring […]

Trees

If you follow me on Instagram, you will notice I post a great deal about trees, especially right now. I have always had a love for trees. I have no recollection of when I first fell in love with them. but I remember many a time spent outdoors, old blankets stretched out on the lawn, […]

Rainbows and Connections

Why are there so many songs about rainbows and what’s on the other side? Rainbows are visions, but also illusions, and rainbows have nothing to hide. Kermit T. Frog “The Rainbow Connection” The Midwest had some good old fashioned thunderstorms recently, the kind that evoke summer and interrupted ballgames, swims in pools, hikes. The air […]

Storms in the Afternoon

There was a bit of excitement in my little part of the Midwest yesterday. A tornado hit just one mile south and then just under 2 miles east of where I live. While thankfully, no one was seriously injured in our area, there was significant damage done to a number of houses, a stable east […]