The clutter that is life

One of my goals for 2018 is to declutter. No one who's ever been to my house would ever accuse me of being a minimalist, so perhaps you can appreciate that this will most likely be a year-long task. And yet, I'm determined to plug away at it for more than a few reasons. I've... Continue Reading →


These are a few of my favorite . . . blogs

Probably half of my online time is spent blogging, whether that means writing for my own blogs, answering comments on them, or visiting other people's blogs. Because I'm part of the writing and editing world, a good number of those blogs feature those topics. But I consider myself fortunate to have a wonderful variety of... Continue Reading →

Celebrating each victory

So . . . my last post was a bit heavier than usual, but tonight as I write this, my heart is full. Right around the time of my previous post, we had a tiny bit of celebration in our household. Well, it was a big deal to one person in particular, and just a... Continue Reading →


As I write this post, it's Saturday, January 20. Today marks fifteen years since our youngest son passed away, only a few months shy of his fifth birthday. I'm not a naturally early riser, so I was surprised to awaken this morning before 5:30, unable to get back to sleep. Once I was awake, though,... Continue Reading →

Hot chocolate and holidays

Since my next regularly scheduled post is due on Christmas Eve (bet you didn't know I have a regular schedule here, did you?), and the weekend after that is New Year's Eve, I'm adjusting my post schedule a bit and am popping in early here to wish you all a Merry Christmas—which is what I... Continue Reading →

The art of thankfulness

One of my daughter's favorite things to tease me about is a conversation we had a couple years ago. I said, "I'm so thankful . . ." and then trailed off. She waited a moment for me to finish (I was driving and therefore paying attention to traffic), then asked what I was thankful for.... Continue Reading →


Change is inevitable. Anyone who tells you otherwise is either too young to know any better, or old enough to be blatantly lying—either to you or to themselves. Depending on who you are and what, exactly, is changing, the experience can be either a positive or a negative thing. Sometimes a positive change for one... Continue Reading →

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