Connecting the Dots

Most of us are familiar with the activity books from our childhood where dots are numbered and we connect them in a certain order until the picture is revealed. But what do we do if the dots are not numbered? If we’re presented with a closeup of several dots and no other information, we may…

The Dash Between

A new friend and I were recently discussing the place of in-between, where what is coming is not yet. At what point does it become real? At inception? Conclusion? Or somewhere along the way? Sometimes in the waiting it may look like nothing is happening, especially if forward motions isn’t visible to the naked eye….

A Sense of Wonder

Living in the same place for many years, we become complacent, comfortable, and even jaded. And in the space where life and routine is upended, we tend to complain. We want it to go back to the way it was. “Missing the old ways” is so common to humans, that we even have (at least)…

The Kindness in Sweet Endings

One of the jobs I had in my early 20s lasted about three hours. I went in, and as I was being shown the ropes, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the knowledge that this was a really bad fit. But instead of waiting to the end of my shift, I changed into my street clothes,…

Adventure Day: A Dare

There was a point in my life where we moved a lot. This meant new cities, new states and new surroundings… and new opportunities. When you land in a new environment, there are basics that have to be figured out pretty fast: where to get groceries and gasoline, the restaurants you want to frequent, and…

Destined for Success

In the late winter, I decided to try sprouting an avocado pit. In some ways, this seemed doomed to fail at the outset. For one, avocados are tropical plants and it was the coldest season in the Midwest. The place of optimal light was also the coldest place in the house. I’ve tried sprouting Avocado…

Best in the World

Still proud to be an American. I love this country and the people. Have a safe and happy 4th of July weekend! Hug a Veteran and thank them for your freedom!

Design Your Own Life

Spring does strange things to people and I’ve been on a cleansing and purging kick. These deep digs turn up funny things. I found a box of rejection slips from lit journals, anthologies, magazines, and various other publications. It’s like I couldn’t take no for an answer. One “yes” every six months kept me going,…

With Gratitude

We owe a lot to those who gave all so we could live and breathe and pursue happiness in a free country. Remember them and their families who have also sacrificed a great deal. Many men and women have lost their lives defending our constitution, and many continue to serve our country. Do right by…

Seduced by Someday

Talking with a dear friend the other day, catching up on our lives and goals. He’d written a book but lacked the energy or motivation to market. Like many of us, he wanted to step into a readymade career the way we slip on a comfy, winter coat. He longed to hold regular workshops, speaking…

The Beginning is Here

When YeHoVaH brought back those that returned to Zion,We were like unto them that dream.2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter,And our tongue with singing:Then said they among the nations,YeHoVaH has done great things for them.3 Jehovah has done great things for us,Whereof we are glad.4 Turn again our captivity, O YeHoVaH,As the streams in the South.5 They…

Follow the Sun

One dreary grey day, many years ago, I stared out the window from my seat on a delayed flight to New Mexico. To be honest, the weather reflected my mood pretty accurately. In a word: joyless. After everyone boarded and buckled in, the pilot announced our imminent takeoff. Soon we were speeding down the runway….