Not My Usual Friday Post

This isn’t my usual Friday post, but this has been an unusual past 24 hours. And, since I’m a last minute writer, there’s a certain price to be paid. But, I hope you don’t mind. I know I don’t.  I took C, my ten-year-old grandson, to see the live action Lion King yesterday afternoon. We enjoyed the movie.  C liked it better than the original because it looked so realistic.  I took C home and settled in behind my computer to write my blog post. But moments later, I received a text from my daughter-in-law. My grandson, scheduled to be born by induction on Monday, decided he didn’t want to wait. She’d been having contractions every five minutes for the past two hours. They were getting stronger and stronger. And, of course, this was at 5 pm. The doctor’s office was closed. Her husband, my son, was at work more than an hour away. Could I help her? You betcha! By the time I drove the two minutes to their house, her contractions were less than five minutes apart. I took her to the hospital. C came with us. During the process of checking in, her water broke. We texted my son who […]

What Is Bad Will Be Better Tomorrow

In my year-end review process I go through my old journals to get a sense of where I was last year and five years ago. It helps me to see what my goals were, what I’ve accomplished, and where my goals changed.  This year something I wrote five years ago, caught my attention. I don’t remember the details but can read between the lines. I had said something out loud about my dream of being a successful writer and it paralyzed me for a while. It’s been a rough year–again. But the little free verse that I wrote five years ago speaks to me today about more than my writing. What is bad, will be better tomorrow. I Dreamed and was Afraid I dreamed aloud today. I boasted of my writing abilities. And I grew afraid. I’m not that good. And I wasn’t. I dreamed a quiet dream. And I whispered I will try. And still I was afraid. But I tried. And words meandered across the page. I stopped dreaming. And I wrote. I was still afraid. But I did it anyway. And words marched and plodded and stumbled and fell. It wasn’t that good. But it was getting better. […]

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20 Weird Things I’m Grateful For

The last day of November is here. Writers are scribbling words at a furious rate in a final push to win NANOWRIMO. Whether you “finished” or not, congrats to you. Your dedication is inspirational. Cuckoo, but inspirational. Speaking of Cuckoo, all November we hear about gratitude from every direction. Generally, the gratitude expressed is heartfelt and pretty sappy. Not that that’s wrong. I agree that gratitude is the key to happiness. But, we should be grateful for a million little things in our lives. I know I am. I try to express my gratitude every day. Today, I’m sharing 20 weird things that I’m grateful for. Taco Bell’s $1 cravings menu—I know, but sometimes a girl’s gotta have a little something-something. Opposable thumbs—I had a painful bout of a trigger joint in my thumb a few months back. Made me truly appreciate how often an opposable thumb is used in life. The garage door repairman—a broken spring is no joke. This guy came the night before Thanksgiving, was pleasant, and had new springs in place in a jiffy. McGriddles—Sweet and spicy—I could eat these every day and soon I’d look like one. Soft and gooey on the outside and—well, you […]