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…

Responses to Courage to Correct or be Corrected

Rich and insightful responses to last week’s discussion have inspired today’s piece. L presents additional options when dealing with negative and hurtful conversation. “I like giving people a chance to correct themselves. For instance, with the gossip, first trying to change the subject, giving others who also might…

Courage to Correct or be Corrected

Courage to Correct or be Corrected “I thought about calling you, last night,” a friend shared. “My co-technicians met for dinner and as usual I looked forward to seeing everyone. But as the evening progressed the conversation took an unusual nose-dive into gossiping about co-workers which made me very uncomfortable.…

Kaleidoscope Melding of Relationships

The Celebration of Jim’s life which spawned the blending of families and friends as well as a reunion of Temple Baptist former members, has been satisfying as well as comforting.  Responses and several small events that illuminated delightful configurations of melding relationships along with an outpouring of additional tributes…

Kaleidoscope of Celebration

‘To God Be The Glory”, the theme for The Celebration of Life Service for my dear husband, Jim, was underlined many times in his Bible and characterized how he lived. As I reflected on family, church members, guests, variety of music and solos, prayers, heartfelt sharing, and messages for some…

Courage to Change

It’s no secret that transitioning from familiar old ways to new ones often carries with it a degree of emotional discomfort. Heavenly Help, Revolving Doors, Courage to Speak and Courage to Understand discussed risks and benefits involved in stepping out of our comfort areas which have been magnified with…