Winter’s Purpose

Piled high snow conceals the beginning of what we cannot yet see ---   seeds, bulbs, and leaves busily working behind the scenes, preparing to come alive and burst forth in spring. Not knowing yet what lies ahead, time is endless --- one long stretch of a simple moment. All the while winter whispers to us, …

One Gift to Return

Have you noticed how many smiles you see?  Or don't, in this overly busy time of year when buzzing around making returns, shopping, doing errands, or whatever tasks need to be done.   I counted only one smile today.  And it was a wide one as another customer and I passed each other at the …

Presents

Madison Avenue says Christmas is about presents. Lots of them. I say that’s a typo.  It’s about presence --- lots of it.  Be present with yourself, loved ones, and each moment you (hopefully) come in contact with someone.  Well, anyone for that matter.  This is more than sitting next to someone while staring into a …

Mother Nature’s Midlife Crisis

Dear Mother Nature, Are you not feeling well?  I’m wondering if you’re going through “the change” offering an unsettling summer and surprising autumn.  And how 'bout the Nor'easter that cancelled St. Patty's Day parades earlier this year? Was it night sweats or hot flashes that made our summer uncharacteristically rainy and humid?  Or when you …

Fake Holidays

At five years old, my birthday was my favorite time of year.  In my young adult dating years, Valentine’s Day ranked #1.   Christmas anticipation didn’t last long as my dysfunctional family of origin turned a Norman Rockwell holiday into one of chaos, anger and disappointment.  No fun.  For years, I dreaded winter holidays when stores …

Daily Prompt: Gratitude

I didn't think much about gratitude while growing up.  Actually, I'd say I was pretty ungrateful in those years.  Raised in a dysfunctional family --- although I didn't know that's what it was then, just that my father would rage at a moment's notice --- we often ran for our lives.  Literally.  It wasn't until …

The Beauty of Transformation

Dazzling green and metallic blue dragonflies transformed my summer to autumn.  Taking in the colorful, changing fall landscape yesterday amid September temps, I was mesmerized when a silvery gold dragonfly as sparkly as Christmas ribbons landed on my garden chair.  We both sat perfectly still for the next few minutes, its lipstick red mirrored dots …

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