catastrophe, community, life, rebuilding

Catastrophe Converted

Watching a live feed of Notre Dame Cathedral engulfed in flames took me emotionally back to when I saw the smoke from the Twin Towers billowing and then collapse to the ground. I couldn't draw anything except short breaths. My heart raced. I might have even gritted my teeth. The fires grew. Angry red, orange,… Continue reading Catastrophe Converted

identity, life, life lessons, refugee

Rebel Refugee

I was born and raised in the same area, attended the same schools, participated in a variety of lessons ranging from the performing arts to sports, did the same sort of activities to pass the time. Same as everybody else. All I had really wanted was to blend in. But, that didn't happen. Not remotely… Continue reading Rebel Refugee

life, unique, upside down

Unwinding and Unfettering Upside Down

I've been reading three books, two on any given evening to the kiddos at bedtime: The British version of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, P.L. Travers' Mary Poppins, and Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker's Dracul. In Mary Poppins, we recently read and listened to Jane, Michael, and Mary Poppins' visit to her cousin, Arthur… Continue reading Unwinding and Unfettering Upside Down

community, goodness, life, mentor, music, people, piano teacher, teacher, transformation, writing, writing mentor

Porous, Profound Persons

Recently, I met with two people who have impacted my life deeply. One individual I've known most of my life. The other for much less time by comparison. But both, amazing ladies in their own right, have encouraged me, challenged me to grow, and loved me for me.   Though she was officially my piano… Continue reading Porous, Profound Persons

life, metamorphosis, perception, perspective

Peacing Perspective

I had the misfortune of being stuck in the same space as an individual who has spent no small amount of life embittered, angry, and frustrated. Complicating the situation was that person's thick concoction of paranoia mixed with thick webs of conspiracy theories and other untruths and a lack of self-awareness and responsibility. Actually, I… Continue reading Peacing Perspective

community, intimacy, life, sharing, stories, togetherness

Communicating in Community

Thank you for your responses to the previous post, Fragmented Beauty. If any of you have a story you'd like to share, please feel free to send me an e-mail, by clicking "CONTACT" at the top of the blog. Should you run into any problems there, leave a comment in this blog post, or any… Continue reading Communicating in Community

appreciation, beauty, good, life, ordinary, thankful, time, Uncategorized

Appreciating Beauty in the Ordinary

There isn't enough time to stop and observe what's around us. Life is go, go, go. I'm there. Really, I am. I've got to find time to work, do all the regular household stuff and car maintenance, take care of four kiddos, and write. When it's not summertime and the kiddos are in school, add… Continue reading Appreciating Beauty in the Ordinary