Top Five Things That Remain Stable In Crisis

And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of thy times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the Lord is his treasure – Isaiah 33:6 (KJV) If you are breathing, I need not go into detail about the situation in the world.  It seems all structure, routines and resources are in a constant state […]

Relating To Daily Life In Isolated Places

Self-absorption intensifies isolation, but permits it to go unnoticed. – Mason Cooley My husband and I prepared for our first trip to the grocery store in the new context of social distancing last week.  This included a supply of wet wipes saturated in alcohol in baggies, hand sanitizier, and yes, disposable gloves.  Focused on staying […]

How To Create A Strong Reading Habit

When trouble strikes, head to the library. You will either be able to solve the problem, or simply have something to read as the world crashes down on you. – unknown I had chosen the headline and content for this BLOG post long before the current “social distancing” due to the “COVID-19” situation.  However, I […]

Six Powerful Reasons To Love Fiction

“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” ― G.K. Chesterton I have a dear friend, also a retired air traffic controller, who is now an author of fiction. We met recently for coffee to catch up, as we try to do several times a year.  Our visits inevitably turn to our various writing projects.  I admire […]

The Most Important Reason To Keep A Journal

“Documenting little details of your everyday life becomes a celebration of who you are.” Carolyn V. Hamil There are many awesome personal reasons to keep a journal.  Lists of why and “how to” are abundant and for these reasons I have developed the habit of daily journaling.  However, there is a rather hidden reason to […]

Fun And Curious Facts About Leap Year

It takes three springs to make one leap year. – Unknown It’s Leap Year!  I for one appreciate that every once in a while we get an “extra” day.  Who doesn’t need one of those?  I say “every once in a while”, because although leap year generally comes around every four years. that is not […]

A Forgotten And Lost Wichita Pioneer – Peter Stackman

“I know of no more encouraging fact than the unquestioned ability of a man to elevate his life by conscious endeavor.”  – Henry David Thoreau Recently I explored nearby and familiar locations where a little known early Wichita pioneer and entrepreneur, Peter Stackman, lived, worked and invested. Sparked by a re-reading  “A Living Gravestone” written by […]

Three Ways In Which Love Never Fails

Love Never Fails….. (1 Corinthians 13:8)  is a stunning statement.  Yet, it is scripture, it is therefore both true and truth. Think about it-Love NEVER Fails!  Few of us enjoy failure.  I know I do not.  For those who seem to reside in failure, they have probably had a rough road of conditioning to remain […]

Three Simple Lessons From A Dreaded Jury Duty Day

“I vote and I do jury duty.” –  Christopher Hitchens “It’s rare to find someone excited over jury duty. If they’re out there, I’ve never met them. Not a one. When the summons for jury duty arrives in the mail, how many people scream, ‘Yes!’ and run to clear the calendar? None. Our first and […]