For All Women on Mother’s Day

We all know someone. . . The sister who cares for her nieces and nephews while their mother recuperates from a serious illness. The single teacher who bestows love and affection on her classroom of students. The neighbor who opens her yard to the children next door to give their mother much needed respite. The […]

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 […]

Love–Not on store shelves

Reposted from February 2014   In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, a work of which I am an ardent fan, Elizabeth Bennett wonders who first discovered the efficacy of destroying affection with verse. She declares that poetry must indeed kill love. In surprise, the oft maligned hero Fitzwilliam Darcy replies, “I have been used to consider poetry as […]

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. […]

Re-homing A Tree

The tree arrived in a pot—scrawny and with little foliage to help identify it. A woman where my husband worked wanted the tree removed. Carry it away. She had no use for the seedling. My husband had a thing about trees. He couldn’t kill it even though he didn’t think the tree would survive—the roots […]

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 […]

Abide–A Word for 2020

A writers forum I follow posed the question this week— ‘what is your word for 2020?’ People of faith often choose an expression to lead them through the year. With writers it makes sense because those who compose prose are in the business of words. I had to give this some thought. 2020 represents 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 […]