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…

Into the Pit of Remembering

Originally posted on dinkelislandsmalltalk:
(15-foot Whirlwind Runabout–1970) Sometimes I fall into a pit of remembering. It happened today. I came across an online image of a painting by an artist friend, Jerry Spangler, who now lives and paints prolifically in Florida.  The scene featured a deadrise workboat passing a channel marker, presumably returning to port.…

Buoyed by the Spirit

Originally posted on dinkelislandsmalltalk:
Paul Robert Harris, 1943-1989 Remembering my mother, Mary Ellen Townsend Harris, 1911-2016 Among things I came across while cleaning out Mom’s room at the Bridgewater Retirement Community assisted living facility was a journal.  It is filled with scripture passages, excerpts from various inspirational sources, and occasionally her own reflections.  Inside the…

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…

Pandemic Punctuation!

Diving headlong from the platforms of social media, texting, and email my thoughts and conversation flail as punctuation re-purposed as faces, hearts, and other embellishment look on. Shortcuts have declared war on the well-written word. The romance of nuance and tone is forgotten as words march away to do battle with the reply and demand…

The Versatile Blogger Award

Heartfelt thanks and appreciation to Aishwariya for this nomination!  I am grateful to her and all those who take time from their day to read what I write.  It warms my heart and certainly motivates me to improve! I was finishing a long week at work and preparing to fly back to Virginia to spend much needed time with…

A Conversational Door

Originally posted on dinkelislandsmalltalk:
I’ve had a lot of fun at book store signings asking people as they walk by, “What are you reading these days?”  As you can imagine, I get a lot of different answers. Some will stop with an expression that lights up their face. They’ll mention a book title or an…

Building The Big Stuff

I have always been in absolute awe of those who built the big stuff using rudimentary tools.  I feel like it would have been pretty overwhelming to take on such a task.  The problem for me at this point is that the tools are too sophisticated.  I feel like an ant staring up at a monolith when faced with…

Go Color Your World With Hope!

2016 is like a white canvas before us! It’s a challenging year ahead for everyone.  There are tough decisions to be made as our country faces another presidential election and new threats to our safety and peace. There is debris from 2015 still to sort through and put right even as threat of more upheaval looms heavy on the…

10 CHOICES THAT WILL BRING YOU GREAT REGRET IN 2016

Originally posted on Mosvy:
There are 10 choices that will ultimately lead anyone to this phrase of regret, “IF ONLY” unless they do something about them. Here they are: 1. LIVING TO IMPRESS OTHERS. –When you spend too much time concentrating on people’s perception of you, or who everyone wants you to be, you eventually…

Should I Give?

When I see the beggar on the side of the street, should I give? Will they use my money unwisely?  Am I enabling them? Recently these questions were expressed to me by a woman who obviously had a heart of compassion for a family begging for help.  My encouragement to her was this: If your…