In Uncertain Times

The phone call signaled the beginning. The assisted living facility where my elderly neighbor resided had closed its doors. No visitors until further notice. That edict concerned me because said neighbor had recently spent time in the elder care unit at the hospital and had been sent back to the assisted living facility under the […]

Lonely at the Top

Will he or won’t he? February is here and with it arrives the much anticipated prediction of Punxsutawney Phil, the official mascot for Ground Hog Day, February 2. The tradition originated from an ancient European Christian observance of what was known as Candlemas Day. That celebration represented the midpoint between the winter and spring equinoxes. […]

The Legacy of King

More than thirty years ago, (1986) Martin Luther King Jr. Day became a national holiday. Designated to be observed the third Monday in January, near King’s birthday on the fifteenth, the date did not happen without controversy. The civil rights leader who advocated harmony, became the center of conflict. Some states refused to adopt the […]

Oh Christmas Tree!

Our Christmas festivities always begin with the arrival of the tree. It’s a ritual my family has honed to perfection (and exhaustion)  over the years. But this year the tree hunters were met with a surprise. The lot from which they chose to buy had sold out. Its sister location across town had also disposed […]

Oldest, Coldest and Wet

The weatherman predicted a downpour here today for the 67th Springfield Oregon Christmas Parade, an event that boasts it is the oldest and coldest parade in the nation. But despite the warning, people flocked to the curbs along the streets and endured a mild drizzle for about a half hour before the rain gave it […]

Being Thankful

With Thanksgiving days away, I decided to stop and reflect on what I’m thankful for this season. Friends and family— It’s easy to take things like our family, friends and home for granted. They are everywhere present and with the familiarity comes a decreased awareness of how important they are to our lives. Yet if […]

Thwarting Determination

One morning earlier this week I squinted into the mist beyond my bedroom window, enjoying the colors of fall on my patio. Everything appeared as it should, the quiet of the day slowly rising at the sun’s beckon. My gaze strayed to the bird feeder hanging against the concrete block wall behind it. Except it […]