Living Within/Believing Beyond

“Can’t you just get a solid, inexpensive used car?” That is a common response to my choice of not replacing my vehicle with another one. Going from driving to taking Uber is a paradigm shift…and it requires knowing how to use the clutch. It does help me live within my means more effectively, even as…

How To Get There From Here

January 1 starts with a bang…car crash totals my car while stopped at a traffic light on the way to church.  Happy New Year! I am grateful for the year of excellent service my, now totaled, 2016 Chevy Cruze provided!  My first new car I ever bought by myself wasn’t just transportation. It symbolized overcoming…

Making Peace

On page 23 of the Aug/Sept 2015 issue of Weavings Catherine Cavanagh quotes Thich Nhat Hanh: “Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.  If we are at war with our parents, our family, our society, or our church, there is probably…

Unpacking Bits of Me

Do you know this feeling?… You have arrived at your destination and have begun to unpack when “AAAAgh!” you realize you left some important things behind! We probably all recognize that moment when we have to suddenly decide if we can work around not having those items we left behind…or must we invest in new…

A New Year

This morning Facebook reminded me of my blog post from a year ago today.  I was on my way to Texas to start a new chapter in life. This blog was going to blossom and thrive as each new day in a new life unfolded. And then it didn’t. I got homesick and depressed. Countless…

Where is your fire?

I wonder what underlying message is being derived from the “be all you can be” type of advertising campaign I see more and more? The ads I see regarding this concept of anything being possible are images of astronauts, doctors, athletes, etc.  When the ad is over I look at my life and could be…

When Life Comes Apart At The Seams

My grandmother lovingly pieced this together before her eyesight left her unable to do the quilting.  She gave it to me to finish.  I had attempted small quilting projects but nothing of this size.  I started right away! Years of watching Little House On The Prairie flooded my mind with images of simpler times, evoked…

No Cuppa Joe

Life is full.  My job offers me a generous creative outlet and has been my constant companion in recent weeks.  But all of my inspiration has been channelled in that direction.  I have taken my cuppa joe on the go, not stopping to hang out much.  I’m in the process of finding a new balance….

Paradigm Shift

“Oh my god! Use the clutch! You’re going to ruin the transmission. Do you know how expensive those things are to fix!?!” Okay, so my transmission is actually an automatic…but that has been part of the problem. Driving with a manual transmission at least you know when you’re doing it wrong. Shifting paradigms from rural…

Waiting To Land

I feel every mile of the separation today.  Separated from people, places, occupations familiar and second nature to me.  No brilliant blog inspiration, or even aspiration at this moment. Circling my destination waiting for a runway.

What’s In My Hand?

Perhaps we have the most influence over the climate of our society as individuals. Rather than differing groups pushing against one another for change, or just “letting them have it” because they’re destructive/harmful (and, of course, we’re not…really!?!) and we have the freedom to cut loose on them… …rather than that, might there be a…