In the Bleak Midwinter

After a full month, those of us who live in the Northern Hemisphere have entered into the midst of the season called winter. The bleakness of this season has settled upon us. And even though I did indeed write a post just two weeks ago titled “January doesn’t stink,” there is some melancholic bitterness to […]

Shine bright

The young son of a friend of mine is such a free spirit. He is very expressive in the way that he dresses and moves. He dares to wear things that many would call unconventional, drawing attention to himself. I know that there are people who may frown at the way he is, for he […]

Snail mail

Last week, I posted about how I do something I do think is not that extraordinary, but others seem to think it is. I mail cards out to people. And when I say I mail cards out, I mean I mail A LOT of cards out. But you can read it by clicking here –> […]

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 […]

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 […]

A little more good, a little less hatred, a lot more love

Right now, there seems to be a great deal of focus on everything that’s not good in the world. The world seems to be bombarding us with constant bad news. While that focus is warranted, it also can be very overwhelming, especially when one looks around and sees nothing but contretemps, vitriol, frustration, and anger. […]

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 […]