What makes me feel stronger?

My immediate reaction to this question took me back 10+ years. In my mind, there was nothing better than getting super sweaty after a really tough workout. Admittedly, I'm not a great athlete but that didn't stop me from trying.  Like the time I decided to enter a 65-mile bicycle ride to raise money for... Continue Reading →

Longway

He called me late, as I was settling in for the evening. "My best friend's uncle was killed," he said. Unfortunately, this was not the first time I received one of these calls. He lost many friends and family members to gun violence. And every time he suffered a tragedy and wanted to talk about... Continue Reading →

Fun with Emojis

I love emojis. If you haven't gotten on the emoji bandwagon, it's okay. They aren't for everyone but I personally don't know how we ever delivered textual messages with the appropriate emotional intent without them. Take the following for example: I am so happy for you. 😃 (Interpreted as: Yes, I am happy for you.)I... Continue Reading →

Write it down!

Bloganuary Day #8 What I like most about my writing is the ability to preserve a memory while it's still fresh in my mind. My family has occasionally joked about my ability to remember things "from the womb." Of course I can't but I associate my long-term memory with the fact that I have always... Continue Reading →

Midlife Skateboarding?

Comedian Stephen Colbert tweeted the following, this morning, in response to this article suggesting skateboarding as a solution to midlife depression. If you have not started following the social media accounts of comedians as a means of bringing joy and laughter to your life, I highly recommend this. Throughout the pandemic, my husband and I... Continue Reading →

Listen to Your Body!

If you were involved in any athletic activities in your youth, you may have grown up with such phrases as “No Pain, No Gain.” Although this phrase became synonymous with sports and exercise, it is actually a very old proverb instructing us that sacrifice is necessary to gain success. But the actual, definition of ‘pain’... Continue Reading →

Make Time to Laugh

I wanted to share this post from Smorgasbord because it seems there hasn't been a lot to laugh about over the past two years. This post is a big reminder to me that I need to make an effort to laugh. Many years ago, I remember listening to a presentation by Zig Ziglar. He told... Continue Reading →

Living Legends

This story about the near-centenarian, Thomas Freeman, "The Peddlers Son," by James H. Ford, Jr. is about a debate coach who taught for six decades. He taught people like Barbara Jordan, Martin Luther King, Jr., and more recently trained Denzel Washington for his role in "The Great Debaters." Thanks to the Houston Chronicle for publishing... Continue Reading →

Stepping outside my comfort zone

I have a great life.  Working 2 days per week.  Plenty of time to fill with my personal projects.  So what was I thinking when I enrolled to obtain a Masters degree, online? Google didn't exist the last time I was enrolled in school.  Imagine my panic when I spent an entire day navigating the... Continue Reading →

Signs That You Are Older Than You Feel

I like people.  I like talking to people, especially vibrant, intelligent people, with whom I share certain interests.  We will be great friends, I think to myself. There are, however, those occasions when, in the course of a conversation, I am struck with the realization that I am older than I feel.  These statements came... Continue Reading →

Snap, Crackle, Pop means ouch, ouch, ouch!

Each morning, I lie with my eyes closed, imagining the time of day.  Gently, I open my eyes to the strategically-projected time, on the ceiling.  Occasionally, I'm surprised at the early morning hour and drift back to sleep.  Yet, most of the time, my gradual awakening is the early morning reprieve to the brash, alarm... Continue Reading →

Unexpected Love Letters

It is not a requirement that love letters come from a romantic interest. While in the midst of "KonMari-ing" my closet, I've come across so many different notes from friends and family.  Things that meant so much to me, at the time, that they were shoved in a box to eventually be found while cleaning my... Continue Reading →

Finding Time to Write

  I was drawn to the writer at New Mercies For Me  because we both have difficulty finding time to write.  A challenge from The Daily Post prompted us to collaborate on a post.  In tackling the issue of how to find time to write, we each came to the conclusion that for our individual schedules, scheduling a... Continue Reading →

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