This is what I usually see when I push the home screen button on my phone--my darling grand babies, the closest little people to my heart in the world. Seeing their happy faces makes the unrelenting pounding of technology a little easier for me to deal with. Imagine my surprise, then, when a few weeks ago, I hit the home screen button on my phone and instead saw a bare-chested man crouching and [...]
I've spent a good part of my life apologizing for myself. I'm not that awful; I just wasn't big on confrontation and figured it was the easiest way to keep the peace. Well, I'm over it. I have a few mantras in my life. One is, "Lord, let me be a blessing to someone today." My latest, however, is, "Sorry, Not Sorry." Read more at Thrive Global. Feel free to share! https://journal.thriveglobal.com/why-im-over-unnecessary-apologies-b8d05b4835db
Shhh.... I'm a "Shhh-usher." I don't know exactly when I became a "Shhh-usher," but I'm pretty sure it was around the time I had kids. I "Shhh-ushed" people when the babies were asleep (For the love of God, don't wake them up!!!), and then I "Shhh-ushed" the kids themselves when they became, well, kids, who tended to talk, or yell, or blurt things out at inappropriate times. I also "Shhh-ushed" them when I [...]
This post was written two years ago, and now, youngest daughter, Megan, awaits the birth of her first child. I've adjusted to her being a married woman, but the feelings below are just as relevant today. She'll always be my baby, and I think she's just about to learn exactly what that means! I’m just not ready. It’s July, and for Americans, that means Independence Day, which, at its start, signified a young [...]
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This is a re-run, but unfortunately more true now than when I first wrote it. Sigh.... I thought Easter was approaching. The annual plethora of bunnies, colored eggs, chicks and chocolate are everywhere. So it's Easter, right? Not according to my mirror. My mirror is reflecting an animal of a different sort, and it's not a cute bunny or chick. It's a bird, but one associated with a different holiday all together. The [...]
Before we leave the month of love for warmer days (although it's 73 here in Philadelphia today and it's February 24th--Whaaattt?!), here's a little more on love through the years. It may not always be pretty, and sometimes passion gives way to contentment, but honestly? I have no problem with that. In fact, I kind of like it. A lot. Read more in my column for Women's Voices Magazine, here!