Sowing Seeds of Encouragement

“You can do it; try it again”, a mother’s soft voice encouraged her small daughter learning how to put shapes in the matching box lid. Before children can talk, they need consistent encouragement as they practice hand/eye coordination. Seeing smiling faces, being gently bathed and dressed, hearing books…

Our friend, Anger

Has anyone ever said to you “I never get angry?” Don’t believe them.  If people are normal, they’ll experience some form of anger. After several conversations this week where anger was the main topic,   I realized it was time to re-visit our friend, anger. One gal said she…

Personal Protective Pruning

Like my total amazement after being away for a week with great-granddaughter’s running-fast skills, I was totally dismayed to discover that our humongous clematis vine was covered with powdery mildew fungus looking brownish as it hung limply over the trellis rather than looking healthy and full of buds for…

Spontaneously Running from…. or to…

“Come on Grama Ruth. “Run”, 2 ½ year old grand-granddaughter urged as she took off to the front yard.  After a week of being away, I was impressed with her accomplishment of fast outdoor-running. Before I left, she was running from the front door to my chair in the next room—…

Courage to Do a Difficult 180

“I’ve thought it over, and my answer is right”. I’ve made up my mind and there’s no turning around.”  ” I stick to my original decision, no matter what.” “Changing your mind is a sign of weakness.” Have you ever done a 180-change based on new facts, reasons…

Wrestling Clutter

“Has anyone seen the scissors?” “Have you seen my phone?” “Who moved my stuff?” “What happened to my backpack?” “I can’t find my billfold.” “I’m gonna be late, where are the keys?” Sound familiar? Has the clutter bug taken up residence in your house? Clutter quietly and quickly…

Conversational Boomerangs

” I’m crying because we had to put our dog down yesterday”, Edith explained to her friend, Ann. “Oh, I know just how you feel. We had to put our 9-year-old dog down and I remember how we all cried for days…blah, blah, blah”. Edith wanted sympathy, not be…

The Serendipity of Merging Must-do’s into Get-to’s

The Serendipity of Merging Must-do’s into Get-to’s In the process of a follow-up piece from several inspiring comments and emails regarding Have-to’s-into Want-to’s I was impressed to take a spontaneous hike onto another brief related trail, afterwards. I really enjoyed reading about all the wonderful "little"…

Converting Have-to’s Into Want-to’s

New, some unpleasant, distasteful, but necessary chores and responsibilities land on everyone’s plate at some time. This blog was inspired by brother, Mac, who has assumed a new role of cook after more than 60 years of marriage due to his wife, Eileen’s, sudden sightlessness.  He’d prefer…

Courage to be Honest

Usually, the word honest centers around white lies and blatant black lies, but this ‘honest’ subject focuses on being courageously honest in owning opinions and dialoguing without fear. When I shared with a niece the subject of Courage to be Honest for the upcoming blog, I was impressed with her…