No-Tech Weekends at Nana’s

At first,  I felt guilty when I made the rule.  In a minute you’ll probably wonder why a grown woman would feel guilty about a household rule for her grandchildren. Especially since I was raised the old school way where what the adult said goes … period. But after raising three daughters the old school…

Going green: Toilet paper roll art

As a teen, I used to watch my father and neighbor sit for hours staring at a chess board and wonder how in the world anyone could sit for that long. With all the dancing, exercising, walking and jumping waiting for me to do, I couldn’t be bothered with so much sitting back then. Now,…

Trust Truth: It knows no lies

What do we know about truth? Truth is raw, naked, unbiased, and consistent. It has the power to spread love or hate, create divisions or unity, make friends or enemies. It can sneak up on you, hide behind a mask or walk boldly into your life waving a banner and a  flag. No matter what…

Love you: Let your inner light shine

I remember years ago, volunteering as a Court Appointed Special Advocate, a talk with my supervisor ended with her advising me to not to let my light shine so bright. Her comment immediately put me on guard but I wasn’t sure what she meant until I thought about it later. She was telling me to…

Portion control: the only ‘diet’ you need

I don’t diet. The concept of dieting makes no sense to me. It’s all about restriction, which suggests the negative action of keeping something away that you like. Here’s how it works when you diet: You remove from your food list anything you believe is causing you to gain weight, which normally include fatty foods…

Resist. Give up. Cut out. No way!

Resist your cravings. Give up snacking. Cut out fats, sweets, and salt. Resist. Give up. Cut out. Well, what kind of foolishness is that? Actually, it’s the exact mantra I chanted to myself when I turned 50 five years ago. I’d just seen a website that challenged a 30-day vegan trial. Well, I don’t do…

Surviving workplace conflicts

Like questionable family members, some co-workers can be the worm that bores through a perfectly good apple and ruins it. There’s always one. One who wants to curry favor with supervisors and other workers; One who’s trying to cover her own misdeeds; One who wants to make your life miserable just because … Any one…

Nightshift: Sunshine for an introvert

It’s after 12 a.m. and I’m at work, just outside of my patient’s room within earshot of his soft snore. As soon as the central air kicks back off again, the house will be prayer-room quiet. This might be the time for many people to rush to their Facebook account for a “Who’s up with…

From candle jar to plant home

I love candles. Aromatherapy from scented candles housed in glass jars creates a sense of peace and calm in my apartment. But when the wick burns down to the bottom of the jar, I always struggle to find a new purpose for the glass jar rather than throwing it away. Until the other day when…

Trump’s Two Days of Truth

Two days. That’s how long it took for Donald Trump to finally break his silence amidst media criticism. Two days. That’s how long it took for the nation to finally get a forced leadership response from a man whose incendiary Tweets and “Fake News” outbursts have nearly reached legendary status. During that time the nation…