A dead bird, a security camera, and the meaning of life

There it lay, a dead bird outside our garage door. It must not have seen the huge garage doors and flew smack dab into them or gotten into a fight with another bird. At least that’s what I thought until I watched the security camera footage. Yeah, I’ve got some time on my hands. I … Continue reading A dead bird, a security camera, and the meaning of life

Five Reasons You Need a Dog

Today we had to say goodbye to our sweet dog Lely.  She would have been 18 in April.  In her honor I give you the Five Reasons You Should Have a Dog 1.  They provide excellent excuses.  Lely gave us a reason to leave a party early.  For my introverted friends, this is an excellent … Continue reading Five Reasons You Need a Dog

Stream of Conscience

I battle with writing about topics like domestic violence, rape, sexism, abortion, or racism. Not because I’m afraid of what people will think or say (yes, I am), but mostly because I believe that we create our reality with thoughts and emotion. I don’t want to increase negative vibes by talking too much about a … Continue reading Stream of Conscience

What Not To Think About

If I told you not to think about something, it could be anything, that's exactly what you'd think about. A hammer, a car, the universe, pink elephants. We can't help it, that's how our brains work.  I remember growing up in Georgia and attending an overly strict "Christian" school, they told us "don't think about … Continue reading What Not To Think About

Poetry and freedom

Don't go Please don't leave again Every time if feels like my heart will bleed to death Or I will cease to be It's not the same It's not the same without you here Birds don't sing Music don't play And I can't breathe Until you come home. As I sat on our bed watching … Continue reading Poetry and freedom

Adoption

Our friends just brought home a darling little girl they adopted from Colombia. I saw the photos from the celebratory homecoming at the airport with their family and closest friends and I was moved by what I saw. Almost three weeks away from home, just shy of a month separated from their older children, and … Continue reading Adoption

Am I enough?

I stared at the page on my computer screen, unable to write a word. Self-doubt paralyzed me as I attempted to fill out an application for a job a friend told me about. She said I'd be perfect for the position and could fit easily into the work culture at this company.  I was thrilled … Continue reading Am I enough?

Feel free to hurt someone’s feelings

When I was younger, more often than not, I would sit in discomfort or pain rather than risk hurting someone's feelings.  I was terrified of telling a friend or especially my spouse the truth of a matter because it might "hurt their feelings" or make them uncomfortable or worse, angry with me; meanwhile, my migraine … Continue reading Feel free to hurt someone’s feelings