Hormones, Drama, Raw Edges, & Rambling

March 28, 2011 6 Comments

I’m really curious as to whether hormone fluctuations attract emotional drama or just magnify what’s been there all along so that it becomes glaringly, blatantly, unignorable. Really. I don’t need this. I need my brain chatter to shut up so my body can sleep at night. I need the sun to shine today and the …

Thoughts on the Elderly

February 23, 2011 5 Comments

Younger generations don’t often recognize the stress and trauma our elders endure when their spouse crosses over. It’s compounded in unbelievable ways when the one who remains behind falls one too many times and the children decide it is time to move them to an assisted care facility. Even when it makes sense, when it’s in …

2010: Looking Back So I Can Look Forward

December 29, 2010 10 Comments

Looking back is not something I typically do. There’s nothing a person can do to change what’s been done, and spending time dwelling on it is pretty much a waste of time. This year, however, I think it is important for me to look back at the past twelve months so that I can recognize …

Observations on Love and Romance

December 27, 2010 0 Comments

The past few weeks have given me ample opportunity to observe the world around me.  It’s provided quite an education, or in some cases a bit of re-education. It’s been fun to watch my kids, Christmas shoppers, extended family, my sweet man, good friends, movies, and more. However, I think the most intriguing observations have come …

Peace on Earth

December 17, 2010 0 Comments

That’s what Christmas is about, right? Wishing for “Peace on Earth and Goodwill Toward Men”? But what would it take? Really. What would it take to bring peace to this planet? Praying for peace obviously hasn’t worked. You’d think an Almighty God would be totally and completely into making that one happen. Oh yeah. “He” …

Truth and Terror

December 14, 2010 7 Comments

I am terrified to tell the truth. Not average ordinary everyday sorta truth. My truth. The truth about what I believe at this point in my life. The truth about my faith, my thoughts, and my passions. It’s just not a popular stance in these parts. And so, I tip-toe around my truth, throwing nuggets …

My Crazy Funeral Hangups

October 10, 2010 4 Comments

Our family is working its way through our first funeral process in nine years. It’s the first one ever for me and my husband to be directly involved in as far as decision making. And I say ME and my husband loosely. I’m not making any decisions, just an occasional comment or observation for his …

The Call

October 8, 2010 8 Comments

No matter how prepared you are, words can’t begin to describe the feeling that accompanies a middle of the night phone call with the news. It’s like a sucker punch to the gut, delivered with a gentle dose of love and relief. We’ve been waiting on that phone call for quite awhile. I guess if …

Triple Warmer Volleyball Meltdown

October 5, 2010 0 Comments

Have you seen it? I know you’ve seen it. Everyone’s seen it. You see it in peewee leagues. You see it on junior high and high school teams. It even occasionally shows up on college and professional teams. So what is it? The infamous and toxic triple warmer meltdown. Say WHAT? Yep. An honest to …

10 Things

September 25, 2010 0 Comments

1. Coffee without whipped cream out of the spray can just isn’t the same at 5:30 AM on a Saturday. 2. Cats aren’t the only mammals with 9 lives. Apparently some humans have that many, too, and save them for years 80-90. 3. Roller coasters are made of many different substances. In my case the …