Measuring the Cost

My husband is dangerously close to running out of peanut butter, our car needs gas and I need to replace various items in my wardrobe. For me, hopping into a vehicle and running to the store, popping by a station to fill my tank and a brief detour to Kohl’s pretty much satisfies all those…

Busyness vs. Rest

I’m one of those people who likes to keep busy. Over the course of my life, I’ve held several jobs at once and as many as four. The reasons to keep working are the same two for most people: debt and bills. Even when my main “job” was homeschooling my daughter, I worked odd jobs…

Feeling the Heat

I hope your summer is going better than planned. With longer days, the workload has been ramping up as well–and that’s not a complaint. Also with extended daylight, I’m inclined to go out and enjoy the company of others. Last week I overheard someone say that though it’s just now July, for them, summer is…

The Astounding Effect of Little Changes

As bored summer kids in Sterling, Ohio, my brother and I used set pennies on the railroad tracks. The train would flatten them out and stretch them commensurate with the number of cars that ran over them. The grownups who learned of our adventure discouraged us because of the possibility that anything on a track—even something as small…

What Are Your Big Plans for Summer?

My apologies for the delay in getting this post out! This is a shout out to all the new followers that have come on board since the beginning of this year. Thanks for following! Now that summer has officially started, I love being outside. The sun, the heat, the beautiful weather. Biking, hiking, sitting by the water….

One Tiny Brave Step

I wrote a short story a few years ago that was a lot of fun to write and really went in unexpected directions. I got some good feedback from my beta readers and made corrections. I found a publication, uploaded the story and hit “send.” And then, forgot about it. Meanwhile, life continued. I wrote…

Shattering Fear #1

My palms were already sweating when the first lady began to speak in front of a group of men and women in sales. The speaker, an ever smiling chatterbox who clearly loved the limelight, had asked four of us to speak. This really was beyond my comfort level and I don’t know why I said…

End Wilderness Wandering

Have you been wandering around in circles trying to figure out your next move? How great would it be for someone to lead you straight to the place you need to be? Last week kicked off with Passover followed by Feast of Matzo. This was a daily reminder of how Moshe led the Israelites to…

Purple Mindfulness

When nothing is certain, everything is possible. ~Unknown After writing for many years, I finally took the plunge and launched my new business last year. I became a full-time professional writer. As any entrepreneur can tell you, it’s without a doubt the most gripping ride of your life. Before I left my part-time office gig,…

True North

What happens when the beliefs we’ve carried around our whole lives turn out to be untrue?

A Life of Choice

The baseball game blared from a portable television and everything in my apartment reeked of cigarette smoke:  courtesy of a roommate for whom I didn’t harbor good feelings. I woke up one day to an iteration of my life that wasn’t pretty. Not much food in the pantry, all of my socks had holes in them,…