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 →

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 →

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 →

Music is a refuge

“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.”— Maya Angelou There are so many quotes, so many resource materials referring to the power of music.  Those that have known me for any length of time know just how big a role music plays in... Continue Reading →

Solitude and Landscape

 Walking is not only great exercise but wonderful for personal time to meditate and relax, while soaking in the fresh air and sunshine.        

Leading Lines and the Natural World

The thing I love most about this photography course is how I've learned to see the world with an entirely different set of eyes. Take this photo for example. I walk by these two homes, every single day and have never noticed the fact that these trees are angled away from the houses and towards... Continue Reading →

The dreaded scale

Nope! Not that one! Today, it's about your perception of scale, in relation to size. When I first read the assignment, my instinct was that this would be a really difficult assignment. I had no confidence in my ability to make those observations. Thinking back to all the fingers touching the moon, the Eiffel Tower... Continue Reading →

Liebster Award

Special thank you to Canadian Doll Notebook for recommending me for the  In acceptance of this nomination, I've supplied the answers to their questions: 1.    Why did you start your blog? Being prematurely thrust into the "change of life" brought all the questions that one usually experiences in mid-life.  What is my purpose in life? ...   I... Continue Reading →

Light with a Pop of Color

So interesting to analyze the way light affects our perceptions. Consider this swing.  In the direct sunlight, it looks like a bright spot of happiness, enticing you to come sit, swing and bask in the warmth of the rising sun.     From the back side of the swing, the mood is very different. The swing... Continue Reading →


It took me all day to settle on the best photo for Bliss.  When I walked into this bar to support an old friend, I knew this was it. Over 20 years ago, this friend of mine, and a group of his buddies, formed a band.  They are still playing gigs and enjoying every minute... Continue Reading →

Liebster Award!

My first award nomination! Special thanks to MOTHEROFJIM for the nomination.  I met her via one of the BloggingU courses, discovered many similar interests, and now consider her a bona fide, blogging buddy.  As an acceptance of this award, I have been asked to answer the following questions: 1. Talk about the process of deciding to blog... Continue Reading →

How to avoid the epic FAIL

"Don't make me laugh," I kept repeating to my friends. Of course that made everyone laugh even harder. My first visit to a mountain bike trail within the city, and I hit a tree. If I hadn't fallen onto a log that displaced the entire left side of my rib cage, I would have laughed... Continue Reading →

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