It’s Easy for You [Part two]

Last week we left off with Callie, the young woman at the beginning of her adult life who discovered that she had choices. She wasn’t ready for marriage or the responsibility of raising a child. The father of the baby wanted to marry but didn’t want to work. Callie struggled with drinking and substance abuse and…

It’s Easy for You [Part One]

Maybe you’ve heard these, “It’s easy for you to _________ because ______.” “It’s easy for you to be fit you’ve always been healthy” “It’s easy for you to be positive, nothing bad ever happened to you.” “It’s easy for you to be happy, your life is all together.” Some people tend to judge our current state of…

Dwell in Possibility

Dwell in Possibility. ~Emily Dickinson Ever since I heard this saying, I have felt a kinship to it. It begs for dreamers. It takes the lid off limited thinking. It lets us linger in the land of what-if. Consider this: much of the technology that we comfortably now use every day seemed impossible 75 years…

A Thousand Miles

“The Journey of 1000 miles begins with a single step.” ~Lao Tsu In a recent article, I read people with positive attitudes are more likely to see an opportunity. Opportunity comes in many disguises. It usually looks like failure. It can come clothed as a bad turn of events. It can reveal itself in upheaval….

The Road Not Taken

I was very young the first time I heard the poem The Road Not Taken. At the time “a yellow wood” had little meaning, except in the context of fall. Mrs. Carpenter read the poem full of thoughtful meaning to a class of wriggly 6th graders who were more concerned about lunch or recess or…

Can You Teach an Old Dog New Tricks?

The Revelation I’m sitting on the couch with my then-boyfriend on New Year’s Eve. We are with his mother a petite and loving woman who I respect and trust. Someone mentions my eighteenth birthday which is about a week away and right then, I get smacked with a realization: I have no life plan. People…

What a Dull Knife Taught Me

An acquaintance of mine once found herself in a jam and needed to chop a bushel of tomatoes for a sandwich wagon she would run the next day at an art show. I wanted to help out and offered to chop the tomatoes. “Show me your knife.” I pulled it from a drawer. She seemed…