The Value of Margins – Six lessons From Ladders and Air Traffic Control

I have come to appreciate the value of margins.  This happened during a season when my husband took too a tumble from a ladder while trimming a tree. Yes, there was a running chainsaw involved.  We are thankful the only damage from the incident was a broken left heel bone. Nonetheless, crutches in a three-story […]

How A Patch Of Buffalo Grass Evokes Enchanting Images

Its been forty-five days since the snows have begunI stare at the fire and long for the sunAs the bitter winds blow through the mouth of the passI sit here and dream of the Buffalo grass The Buffalo Grass – First stanza, Chris LeDoux There is a patch of buffalo grass in the front yard […]

A Timely Rendezvous With A Dear Old Friend

 “The wind taught me never to forget old friends, by blowing them back to me.”― Michael Bassey Johnson This past week I was able to meet and visit an old friend.  Our rendezvous was to be at the local airport and as I approached our meeting point, there she was, just as stately and elegant as […]

What A Strange Set Of Popular 2022 Posts!

Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, and grudges. Life is too short to be unhappy. –Roy T. Bennett   In my end of 2022 blog post, I said I was feeling rather “Blah” about 2022.  As I reviewed the year, I could see it had not been as “blah” as I felt, but […]

Heartwarming Reflections On 2022 To Empower 2023

“Celebrate endings — for they precede new beginnings.” — Jonathan Lockwood Huie As I contemplated writing about this past year, a heartwarming reflection was not what came to mind.  To be honest about how I FELT about his year, was “blah”.  However, as I looked back at the year objectively, I see my feelings need […]

An Awesome Example Of A Story Rescue – Fearful Shepherds

Story Rescue:  “The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can.”- Neil Gaiman The rescue story of the nativity would be incomplete without the shepherds “keeping watch over […]

Where Haunting Echoes Of Joyful Celtic Roots Reside – The Wexford Carol

Within a manger he was laidAnd by his side the virgin maidAttending on the Lord of LifeWho came on earth to end all strife. – The Wexford Carol, Third Stanza Last year as my husband and I enjoyed our Christmas dinner in our dining room at Maison Steinbuchel, we were listening to the Celtic music […]

Giving A Voice To The Voiceless – The Christmas Shepherds

The one thing that you have that nobody else has is you. Your voice, your mind, your story, your vision. So write and draw and build and play and dance and live as only you can. – Neil Gaiman The story of the nativity would be incomplete without the shepherds “keeping watch over their flocks […]

Traditions

How To Let The Five Candles Of Advent Refresh And Renew

“Christmas isn’t just a temporal celebration or the memory of a beautiful (event); Christmas is more … Christmas is an encounter!” – Pope Francis The season of Advent is well underway, a season of expectation leading up to Christmas Day. But what are we expecting?  I am going to avoid ragging about the pressure current […]