I took a quick glance into the dark van. Phew, I was the only passenger on the way home from the airport. I crawled into the back seat, hoping the shuttle driver couldn’t see me, because I wasn’t done laughing yet. I covered my mouth to subdue a squeal that might leak. My shoulders lurched and I had to scrounge for a Kleenex in my purse to wipe my eyes. Last week, I joined eight writer friends in Cincinnati for our own retreat. Poets, short story writers, bloggers, novelists, a Continue Reading
Ready at all times
Kathy and I recently returned from a two-week trip hop-scotching down the coast of Oregon, into the redwoods of northern California. From there, we drove to Hood River, Oregon to admire the Columbia River Gorge, before we landed in Portland for our last two nights. I anticipated writing a post about the dramatic scenery, the statuesque redwoods, and the 620 foot waterfall near the river. Oh sure, the coastline was as pretty as the travel magazines promised, the weather was better than we’d Continue Reading
So long, 2020!
Hasta la vista, sayonara, au revoir, auf Wiedersehen, 再见, Hágoónee'. Whether in Spanish, Japanese, French, German, Chinese or Navajo, it all translates to the same thing. Good bye, so long, outta’ here. And I might add, don’t let the door hit you on the way out. Right? What can a 2020 year-end post say? I chuckled as I read letters received with Christmas cards this year, and suddenly found my inspiration. For the first time, I discovered a pattern I’d not noticed before and I wondered if Continue Reading
Holiday Sadness – It’s Okay
Thanksgiving is just a few days away and begins the month-long tradition of holiday celebrations. Typically fun, joyous occasions for many people, even the most irritable in the crowd find reasons to enjoy. But this year, for families and individuals following coronavirus protocol, expectations are challenging. As a result, this has become a time of increased anxiety and sadness for many people. I hear it in their voices and read about it on their social media posts. This has hit my family Continue Reading