“Are you thinking of suicide?”

I no longer accept smiles as an indication that someone is okay. The weekend I visited my sister and brother-in-law, he was all smiles. Circumstances in his life had improved, he appeared happy with his involvement and responsibilities in the church, and all the time I was there I saw no signs that he was…

Woes to wins: Willpower

I don’t eat dairy – at least not when I’m wide awake. Because I’ve made a lifestyle choice to eliminate dairy from my diet, storing the ice cream sandwiches that my grandchildren love in the door of my freezer doesn’t faze me a bit. I can open up the freezer, see them in there and…

Patience: peace within life’s struggles

I’m a writer; a runner; a budding artist; a blogger; a novelist hopeful; a weight-training newbie; and I’m on a weight-loss journey. In short, I’m blessed with a laundry list of labels in my life that all require a level of patience for me to stick it out and make them work. But most of…

Welcome home! Please don’t unpack!

When the bird needs the nest again, does it ever work? Is there ever a time when the parent of an adult individual (I have a hard time saying “adult child”) invites said individual back home to regroup, and they don’t end up needing therapy? I’m asking about any parent-son or parent-daughter relationship, but specifically…

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…