Dishing Some Dirt

Dishing Some Dirt

Shhhh . . . I’ll dish some dirt. I’ll let you in on a little secret. Growing up in southeast Nebraska, where the soil reminds me of moist German chocolate cake, my preschool self decided, well, to investigate the gooey richness. One spring day when my dad was...
A Twist on Mother’s Day

A Twist on Mother’s Day

My mom is no longer around to celebrate Mother’s Day, but that never stops me. For some of us, Mother’s Day without a mom is, well, kind of awkward. Half empty. Even if you do still have a living mother, Mother’s Day can be a bit of a letdown. Some of our...
The #1 Best Thirst Quencher

The #1 Best Thirst Quencher

Being truly thirsty is not much fun. Flat out parched. When your tongue feels like extra-coarse sandpaper and your throat is begging for relief. Whether we’ve been active in the hot sun or just too busy to remember to drink fluids, I think most of us have experienced...
Unraveling Life’s Knots

Unraveling Life’s Knots

In a way, I have to chuckle. In a way, not so much. Unraveling life’s knots can be a delicate dance between precision and frustration. Unraveling knotted and tangled shoestrings, necklaces, electrical cords, Christmas tree lights, garden hoses, dog leashes, and so...
Letting the Future Unfold

Letting the Future Unfold

Sometimes I find myself pressing to know how the future unfolds. I want assurances that everything will work out according to my wouldn’t-it-be-grand hopes. Maybe you can relate about how your own future is unfolding. Many of us feel squeezed right now into a COVID-19...
Keep Calm. Step Up.

Keep Calm. Step Up.

Her glazed and dazed look still startles me. Keep calm. Step up. Her darting eyes cast a more gripping fear than catching the novel coronvirus. The elderly woman scanning the empty shelves at Walmart the other night reminds me of me in another twenty-five years. Oh,...
Fear or Forward On?

Fear or Forward On?

Worry and panic are clawing into everyone’s psyche these days as COVID-19 creates scary headlines around the globe. But the novel coronavirus is not exactly the horrific bubonic plaque of the 1300s that killed an estimated 75 million to 100 million throughout Europe....
It’s Time to Celebrate Women

It’s Time to Celebrate Women

Women’s History Month? Just a month? I think we should celebrate women every day. After all, we are the ones who invented coffee filters, non-reflective glass, Liquid Paper® and Kevlar®, the heat-resistant material used in bulletproof vests, helmets and tires. Oh, the...