the COVID times, part one

So. The COVID times, part one: understanding our neighbors who have chosen to be conspiracy theorists Let’s start by saying, I believe that COVID-19 is a real, highly contagious and dangerous virus. I don’t want anyone to get it. I am willing to wear a mask and social distance as long as is needed. IContinue reading “the COVID times, part one”

Defining gratitude

Gratitude is an outward expression of appreciation to an outside force or person. Thankfulness is an inward feeling. I’m thankful that Joe was nice to me. I’m grateful to Joe for making me feel appreciated. Gratitude gives credit to Joe; thankfulness is focused on me and how it made me feel. Let’s begin with thisContinue reading “Defining gratitude”

Making unreasonable requests of the deceased

I’m writing to update a piece I wrote last year around Christmas.  My grandpop worked in the Budweiser brewery in the mid-1900s at a job that afforded my family many opportunities. While that job and company gave us so much, working in the factory also gave him the painful cancer that led to his death. Continue reading “Making unreasonable requests of the deceased”

Mindfulness Coloring

I’m a few years late to the party, but I finally got around to trying Mindfulness Coloring for Adults, or as I like to call it, coloring. I have to sing its praises. I was working on the reindeer’s ears when my Violet-Rouge Crayola snapped in half. Three more crayons met the same demise (RIPContinue reading “Mindfulness Coloring”

Farm time

I am one of those people who derives great joy from ‘shopping’ for groceries in a field. I also like saving money on incredible organic produce and flowers, so there’s that, too. We joined a CSA (community-supported agriculture) farm earlier this year. We pick up a box of produce weekly from a local grocery store.Continue reading “Farm time”

why do i have time for a blog

Like so many good blogs, this one was born during a bout of involuntary unemployment. i wouldn’t say i was ever sad about being let go. my office restructured and it wasn’t due to anything I had done wrong or right. often these changes are for the best. I don’t mean to be indelicate, becauseContinue reading “why do i have time for a blog”