We choose our own subjugation.

Why are you not giving yourself permission to live? What is it in you that refuses to pursue your potential? What do you dream of doing that if only________were not in your way, you could? Recently, I pondered these questions while thinking about someone I care about who is fearful of pursuing her dreams. Her situation reminded me of …

#59 Weaving Life Stories

I say I trust God, but then I'm all over my unanswered questions like a kitten on a ball of string. Playful, yes, but often obsessive just the same. I want direction presented straight up, but my Creator seems more interested in weaving life stories. Daily, I sift through memories in an attempt to create meaningful prose. In …

In Search of my “Desire Line”

Recently, I read an insightful article titled, "The Key Elements of Writing a Good Memoir" by author Adair Lara http://writersdigest.com/article/elements-of-an-effective-arc/. The author's approach to creating a narrative arc simmers in my mind as I seek to craft my memoir:  "The first step in drawing an arc is to answer this question: What did you (as the …

Resisting Perfectionism: The Harsh Taskmaster of our Souls

"Progress not perfection"                                                     -AA Slogan Perfectionism is a harsh taskmaster of our souls.  Perfectionism replays those child-like messages filled with shame, "If you don't do what he/she says, you're a failure. You'll never write good enough, blog good enough, teach good enough…" This endless list of lack haunts my mind when I submit …

Resilience

Resilience Oh willowy beauty Unearthing treasures from the sea A priceless knowing lost in youth Dark waters engulfed identity Remember, Resilience Oh willowy beauty Extracting courage from your soul A costly pearl retrieved through loss Oysters fill with wisdom to cajole Remember, Resilience Yesterday, my daughter repeatedly came to my mind. I walked into my art …

Codependent Cake

What if all of life's oddities and perplexities could be processed through making pies, cakes, and other delectable treats? After watching "The Waitress," starring Kari Russell, my husband, best friend, and I started creating our own "Recipes for Living."   This romantic comedy features an unhappy waitress from the "deep South" who processes her pain through …

#53 Top Ten Unforgettable Comments

In search of my blogging identity quest post #53 is my "Top Ten most Unforgettable Comments" spoken to me over the years. They have all formed a part of who I am today. Some still make me cringe while others chuckle. I cannot believe some of the things  people have said on one hand and on the other, gratefulness fills my heart for …