The Vista of Time

Two men standing on barren ground, looking toward the New Year on the horizon

As 2020 approaches, time is in the forefront of my mind. Running deeper than lines on a clock face or flip of a calendar page ("swipe" for you digital divas), my concept of time morphed over the years and invisibly orchestrates my life. On a grander scale, the new year transition symbolizes life itself --- …

Locomotive Holidays and the Christmas Train

Santa Claus boarding a holiday decorated train

Loco Emotions Have you noticed how emotions buildup steam around the holidays, emulating a runaway train? Far reaching stressors often halt the holiday joy ride --- be it time with difficult personalities, over-spending, trying to mirror picture-perfect celebrations, too little rest, dashed hopes on a "Dear Santa List," and of course alcohol consumption (usually in …

Xing Out Holiday eXpectations

Christmas shopping list replaces expectations with gratitude

Want to have happier holidays? Give up eXpectations. Cross them right off the list and out of your mind. Tell yourself you are going to be open and grateful for whatever comes along. Play the game of life and look for the gift. No, not the ones tied with pretty bows sitting under the tree …

The Giving Circle

Black and white border collie lying in the snow intentlyawaiting a Frisbee toss

via The 2019 Christmas Charity Appeal - Help Me Raise ¬£250 For Battersea Dogs & Cats Home By Leaving Me Links To Your Blogs and Books As I've posted in the last few months, my beloved border collie Bess was the love of my life. She gave me 14.5 years of unconditional love, companionship, and …

Clearing the Way

Snow covered pathway toward sunshine

"You spend the first half of your life acquiring and the second half discarding." Loading the pick-up truck with things too good to discard, I recalled traveling this multifarious path before. Most of my life actually. From Mom setting up our apartment after my parents divorce, to my returning home from college...to storing relics in …

Collections of Recollections

Colored photographs hanging above colored clothes on a rack

  Boxes of newspaper wrapped dishes, and shielded glass in picture frames reminds me I've resided here for half my life.   More frequent moving in more youthful days not needed or necessarily desired --- right now. Unless I could turn my back and be there immediately without sorting through stuff. Taking only recollections with …