Warm, barefoot summers in Kansas I avoided them at all cost. Those feisty red ants had hills stationed throughout the farmstead. If a kid wasn’t looking where she was going, she got a painful reminder that she was infringing on their territory. Still, I spent hours observing those little guys at … [Read more...] about To Manage a Mountain
I am head over heels for my husband. He has been my rock and my partner and I am grateful every day that we chose each other all those years ago. When we married, that decision was a tipping point in my life. It set events into motion that have made my days on this earth so much brighter, and my … [Read more...] about A Saturday Kind of Relationship
I lost my wedding ring while visiting my daughter and son-in-law in Kansas City. I detest losing things. After three solid hours of combing through their small house (for four of us, twelve man-hours), I came to the realization that I may be leaving Kansas City without it. Another mother my age … [Read more...] about A Different Kind of Loss in Kansas City
Little Miss Introvert struggled socially through the first four months of Second Grade. I dreaded the painful public loneliness of twice-daily recess. I was not adept at making friends. Mostly because I wouldn’t actually talk to anyone. Still, by Christmas, somehow I had managed to make a … [Read more...] about A Second Grade Lesson
Confession: Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are all in the books for this year. And my Christmas tree still isn’t up. This is primarily due to my new normal with heart failure. I used to spend weeks decorating, including three trees and a ridiculous number of seasonal … [Read more...] about Rushing Joy
I’ve always been a word nerd. Anyone else ask for a thesaurus for Christmas when they were in junior high? After that, of course, I went through the phase of using words I didn’t fully understand, just because they made me sound smart: ingratiate, spurious, turpitude. Truth is, I still wake up … [Read more...] about Thankful or Grateful?