Pencil-Thin Purposes: When Dreams Disappoint

I peek through a windowpane on this frosty February morning in anticipation of a velvety blanket covering the road to work. Yet last night’s weather broadcaster’s boastings of severe snow conditions fell far short of my expectations; in fact, not even a pencil thin layer of puffiness materialized. “No snow day.” I pout. My husband …

Kindred Hearts: Inspire, Delight, Sustain

I am a mother most blessed to have two daughters with whom my heart feels safe and my artistic spirit inspired. We are kindred hearts. Elya and Andy returned home last weekend and we snuck away to create in my art room. Andy painted masks… while Elya began a new painting… and I crafted my …

Women’s Weekend Away at the Apple Farm Inn

A couple of times a year, my sister, her bff, my sister-in-law, and I sneak away on a girls' weekend to this quaint little piece of heaven on earth, the Apple Farm Inn. I’m writing from my favorite nook on the top floor of the Inn located in San Luis Obispo. A plaid chair nestles …

Remember to whisper thank you…

My soul swells with promises of good things come true: A new job I love A daughter returned home A house renovation underway A family filled with helping and togetherness Angst turned the corner towards trust, as I watched my father’s delight upon seeing his great-granddaughter. Frustration ebbed away and peace engulfed the perforated membrane …

Give me the Gift of Time

Recently, my brother-in-law and I shared our birthdays during the set up for my stepson and his fiancé’s wedding. Jason and Laura bought us a luscious chocolate cake, and everyone gathered around to sing “Happy birthday to you.” My husband, children, and family were so concerned that my birthday received its due in the midst of …

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