Living the Now

Living the Now

So many of us jumpstart our Januarys with a lengthy list of things we’d like to change or improve upon in the coming year. We vow to eat better, exercise more and get our finances on track. We aspire to play more and complain less. We swear we’ll ditch fear and laugh...
One Word Changes Everything

One Word Changes Everything

“No. Nope. Can’t. Not the best choice for me. No.” As we start off another new year, I’ve been spending time rereading a fabulously practical book that a dear friend gave me a few years ago. Maybe you’ve read Present Over Perfect too. If not, I highly recommend this...
How Prostitutes Help Us Celebrate Christmas

How Prostitutes Help Us Celebrate Christmas

During the Christmas season, I find it helpful to reflect on the gifts of acceptance, humility and gratitude. These three gifts were presented to me not under the Christmas tree but through the character of prostitutes—streetwalkers, call girls and escorts. On a muggy...
Waiting for the Dawn

Waiting for the Dawn

Lately I’ve found myself waiting for the dawn. For you non-morning people, dawn is the time of day when the sun starts to toss and turn in bed, sending out weak sunlight on the Earth. Sunrise is when the sun yawns and stretches and its leading edge pokes above the...
Happy Thanksgiving: Grateful or Grouchy?

Happy Thanksgiving: Grateful or Grouchy?

Grateful or grouchy. We have a choice every day of the year—and not just at Thanksgiving—to be grateful or grouchy. The other day on a hospital pet therapy visit with my collie, Maisie, I met with a patient who was beyond grouchy. Granted, being in pain and confined...
Standing Tall

Standing Tall

Some people stand tall when they cannot even stand at all. I’ve been honored to know several of these inspiring individuals over the years. I’m thinking you know a few too. You know, the people who refuse to sink under immense pressures. There’s the stalwart farmer...
Saluting Those Who Serve

Saluting Those Who Serve

Today is Veterans Day when we honor military veterans who have served in the Armed Forces for the United States and several other countries. Let’s all extend a huge THANK YOU to the veterans we know who have a sacrificed so much for each one of us who live in this...
That’s a Bunch of Manure!

That’s a Bunch of Manure!

Some of us understand the phrase, “That’s a bunch of manure!” better than others. You see, those us of from rural America are truly olfactory aficionados when it comes to manure. With hardly a sniff of our snout, we can finely distinguish between most any animal’s doo...