Climbing the Wrong Ladder?

Climbing the Wrong Ladder?

We all encounter ladders in our lives. Sometimes we put our foot on the wrong ladder and start climbing away without even realizing that we’re headed in the wrong direction. Some of us clamor to climb the corporate ladder, others of us scurry to climb the social...
When Fear Creeps Us Out

When Fear Creeps Us Out

Roll the scary music. Woooeeeee woooooohhhh. What is there about the eerie haunted houses, zombie-like ghouls, and spine-chilling Halloween tales that creep us out so much? I vividly remember one of my most frightful nights as a preteen. My parents were out with...

Leaving a Little Extra

In our world that spins on efficiency and often a grab-all-you-can-while-you-can mindset, I offer a different perspective. What if we practiced an ancient lesson on leaving a little extra that might help us loosen our hold on what we think is rightfully ours? Our...
Shhh … Here’s a Clean Little Secret

Shhh … Here’s a Clean Little Secret

The secret? Some people could complain a ton but just don’t. My Uncle Herb is one of these men of few whines. You may have recently read about my swashbuckling escapade to Uncle Herb’s and Aunt Janet’s home via a dense-mud country road. Touché mucky terra firma! I’ve...
Just Keep Going!

Just Keep Going!

“Just keep going!…Just keep going.” You no doubt are familiar with these three words, but are they just some hollow pep talk? Last week I put “just keep going” to a full-throttle test as I revved my all-wheel CRV across a rain-gullied, mud-sloughed country road....
Hello, I Did it!

Hello, I Did it!

I know well the pendulum of I can’t vs. I did it. Maybe you do too. Years ago while recovering from a hospital stay, my mom visited me while my dad attended a business convention. Our first morning alone together, I made breakfast while Mom dressed. When Mom reached...
Why Getting Older Is Wonderful

Why Getting Older Is Wonderful

Getting older is wonderful. This weekend, I end my decade in the 50s. Awww. . . it’s been a tremendous ride along the sharp curves, bumpy roads, and smooth sailing of ten more years of life. As I sift back through some of the highlights of my years past 49, I decided...
You Do the Math

You Do the Math

Some days it’s more challenging than others to make our words count for the positive and good. I know for me, sometimes my way with words just gets in the way. Sometimes I let my quick wit or well-reasoned opinion overshadow patience and kindness in dealing with...
3 Rewards of Being Neighborly

3 Rewards of Being Neighborly

“Frances, Frances, hello, Frances!” Oh, the rewards of being neighborly. It really does not take much effort to stop and say “hello” to a neighbor. I’m willing to bet you can even branch out past the people who live directly next to you. My dogs and I have long made...