What’s Right and What’s Wrong?

“There ain’t no sin and there ain’t no virtue. There’s just stuff people do. It’s all part of the same thing. And some of the things folks do is nice, and some ain’t nice, but that’s as far as any man got a right to say.”― John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath Hitting another person […]

Escaping the Past to Embrace the Future

“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland       Parenting in the Pew, A Rhinoceros Wakes Me Up in the Morning, Making Your Kids Mind Without Losing Yours, Miss Mary Bobo’s Cookbook, The Glycemic Load, Food as Medicine, Practical Paleo, E², The […]

Scabs, Scars, and Healing Wounds

“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” ― Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses      It was a big hill, and flying down it on my sturdy blue bicycle without training wheels was blissful freedom.  I was commanding the road without a care in the world.  Starting at […]

If you don’t have a gavel, why do you judge?

“As long as we continue to live as if we are what we do, what we have, and what other people think about us, we will remain filled with judgments, opinions, evaluations, and condemnations. We will remain addicted to putting people and things in their “right” place.” ― Henri J.M. Nouwen      What you think of […]

Life is a people business…Make it a pleasure

Dealing with people is probably the biggest problem you face, especially if you are in business. Yes, and that is also true if you are a housewife, architect or engineer. ~ Dale Carnegie      I have been dealing with people for a long time.  It started probably fifty years ago, when  I was born.  There […]

Want to be popular? Try a little kindness!

“Educating the mind without educating the heart, is no education at all.”  —Aristotle      For a couple of months, my morning walks with our dog are stress-free; school is not in session.  The rest of the year,  our morning maneuvers require a little more thought.  I try to walk before the road gets busy, but […]

Letting Go of Anxieties and Casting Cares

“Man is not worried by real problems so much as by his imagined  anxieties about real problems” ― Epictetus   My imagination has  been the root of more problems than have ever existed on their own. I’m not sure when it began, but I think that my female intuition figures in there somewhere, which has […]

Seeing life more clearly, from a distance

“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”   ― Robertson Davies      One of my favorite things to draw is the picture my art teacher taught me in elementary school. […]

Embracing Our Failures

“Sometimes it takes a wrong turn to get you to the right place.” ― Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass       For his first four years, Albert Einstein didn’t speak.  Einstein’s parents were concerned that he was mentally challenged.  As a Nobel prize winner and a brilliant physicist, Einstein’s failures […]

Telling Your Story…

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”  Maya Angelou       “Everyone has a story,” I remarked to my friend as she blessed my heart over learning things about me she didn’t know.       “We both know that,” she responded.  We don’t have to know much to […]