Pausing for Prayer

With all that is going on in the world--prayers. St. Francis of Assisi - 13th century-- Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace; where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there... Continue Reading →


Thorn in my flesh

via Daily Prompt: Thorny Did you ever have a knee jerk reaction to something that you just didn’t expect? One day, you are going along and an issue comes up and your normally calm self goes from an emotional 3 to 10++++? This happened to me in a very basic conversation about growing up with... Continue Reading →

Why I Started Blogging

My dad died. This is the simple answer. He died, and I found myself swirling in such grief. I couldn’t begin to process all of it.  I turned to my usual method of processing. The paper and pen in my handy bound journal—old school. I managed to write a couple of "Dear Dad, I am... Continue Reading →

A Piece of Peace in the Valley

My brother and I left early and took the winding road to Berryville to see my mom. The first time in 3 years I will have seen or spoken with her.  I drive to help calm my nerves. I am armed with the wisdom of my coffee shop friend  and am hoping and praying for... Continue Reading →

Forgiveness and Coffee

The coffee shop is buzzing with folks chatting over lattes and special brews. She sits opposite me with her baby. She is more than all grown up. She is wise. I remember the student who sat in my classroom as a 9th grader and cried over a boy, and then the 12th grader who led... Continue Reading →

Ready, Set, Fall

I hate summer. Despite being able to grow tomatoes, have cookouts, and watch fireflies, I just can't handle summer. Yes, the access to so many great fresh fruit and veggies, farmers markets,  and watching little bugs butts light up across the yard like moving Christmas lights is wonderful, yet the heat, humidity, and general stickiness... Continue Reading →

Hitting the Cookbooks

Looking for cookbooks that are unique and not a celebrity driven machine??  I may be of help. I love cookbooks and recipe cards (handwritten).  I should qualify that I really love old cookbooks.  I have a small but odd collection that spans from my grandmother’s Methodist Church in Cherokee Village to a 1930's cookbook.  I... Continue Reading →

Must Try Soups!

I love soup. Clear or thick, vegetable or with meat, hot or cold, sweet or sour, soup could be one of the best dish at the table. We serve the soup after appetizers. I made a list with my favorite soups. Lobster bisque – Bisque is a French soup very smooth, creamy and highly seasoned,... Continue Reading →

Trying to Unhear

Finally, the rain stopped and the sun came out. I can now take a walk during lunch and enjoy being outside. I work on a college campus, so a walk down streets or across campus is simple enough: Not a lot of traffic to navigate, trees, lawns, sidewalks and most students are also walking or... Continue Reading →

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