My mother is resiliency personified. Strength, determination, and the embodiment of “keep moving forward”. She’s known grief I’ve never had to endure; losing her father, stepfather, and mother all by the time she was 32 and then burying her eldest child a few years ago. Through all of her 60+ years, my mom keeps movingContinue reading “Mommy Marcia: A Love Letter on Mother’s Day 2021”
Celebrating our family’s Valentine, Aunt Betty Deeny!
My Aunt Reba never married, resided with her parents, and was close with her family – a path I see myself walking five decades later.
My older sister and I once got into a disagreement about my inclination to buy a doll dressed in a pretty dress rather than one in work attire, in the middle of a beloved theme park. Four years of age separated us but our perspectives on the term “female” widened the relationship gap forContinue reading “Two Sisters – Two Variants of Feminism”
I couldn’t let this week go by without acknowledging the fact that it’s now been a full year since my older sister, Jen, passed away. I expected to be a blubbering mess as the date approached but find that I’m doing okay. I dream about her most nights and think about her every day, butContinue reading “Celebrating My Sister – One Year Later”
I’ve stated many times that the words I choose matter. I believe that I write because my spirit craves to do so. Sometimes the words flow effortlessly and other times it’s not just the pen that runs dry. I know firsthand that writing can work as a healthy outlet during times of emotional or spiritualContinue reading “Mourning My Sister Through Writing”
Day Three: Imagination Inspiration announced its presence as I tucked my young niece in to bed tonight. I read her a story, and she returned the favor. Before we said prayers, she grabbed her fake phone and called her parents to say goodnight. I listened to the “conversation” and grinned. She’s a storyteller, this one,Continue reading “Day Three of the 111 Day Writer’s Journey”
WEEK FIVE UPDATE: This week’s Petals of Appreciation celebrates the fathers in my life: my dad, my brothers-in-law, friends, uncles, and grandpops. Here are some examples of why you deserve my appreciation today and everyday: You impart a love of learning – reading to them at night and doing homework You support their extracurricular interestsContinue reading “Petals of Appreciation Campaign: Happy Father’s Day”
111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 101: Creativity Over Tea Once again, today’s creative inspiration came courtesy of my toddler-age niece. She informed me of her desire to have a tea party with me, and I instantly envisioned stuffed animals, plastic tea sets, and frilly hats. Instead, she pointed meContinue reading “Day 101 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”
111 Day Artistic Spirit Pledge: Spiritual Growth Through Creative Expression Day 97: Lessons Learned at the Local Library Yesterday, I took my 4.75-year-old niece to our local public library for some free entertainment. It got us out of the “sit on the couch and watch a princess film” rut, sparking imaginative play for her andContinue reading “Day 97 of the Artistic Spirit Pledge”