rising…

The not-writing here is actually a pretty good sign. I also journal privately (the boring stuff that is more self-involved… EVEN more, I should say!)… but I most often use writing to work through stuff that is hard for me. Most often it is my own attitude toward something that needs changing. Or unraveling a…

New hobbies…

At a work conference last week, my table included a recently retired police chief, head of a rural United Way, and chief librarian. The chief asked what our hobbies were, after sharing his: he collects antique fishing lures. Apparently one specializes in lure type, and fakes are rampant. With a real lure running up to…

Concentric circles

One of the most beautiful rewards of an introverted, mindful life is the realization that we are swimming in concentric circles… experiencing the same, or very similar, things again and again. The only bit that changes is your role and your perspective. I can vividly recall the last summer before leaving home for college. I…

exploring identity

I recently learned that LGBTQ has two new letters added to the acronym: IA. And that it’s a way to ensure that we are supporting all expressions of gender identity and sexuality. Yay! I find the best way to support the community is to focus on supporting ALL of the community – and right now…

Self-care (lightbulb moment)

So I’ve been busy–too busy to write regularly here, with good things. After a whirlwind of awful last spring/summer, I’m in full bloom again. Somehow. Miraculously. Last summer was about group therapy for alllllll of us. Which for me, meant nonstop driving kids back and forth, back and forth. I never got my garden started…

Peaceful, grounded home space

In a world that feels like it’s capable of spinning right out of control, I often struggle to maintain a sense of peace. I have worked very hard to have a life with little unnecessary drama. (I say that knowing many dramatic things have happened in our lives and families… but we don’t have people…

it’s never too late

This post is directly inspired by another blogger I read daily. Their posts start my day with some insight, often some humor, and a topic to mull over. The few minutes I read and reflect remind me that — no matter what mundane tasks my day holds — I am a student of this extraordinary…

love of my life

Yesterday I went from sincerely liking my baby sister’s boyfriend to adoring him. He lost his sweet, old dog and wrote the most heartfelt, adorable celebration of her life on social media. In it, he called my youngest sister the love of his life. The whole thing made me misty-eyed, but that line struck my…

my heart is full of good things

And so is yours, probably. Today my oldest child turns 17. One more year until they fly the nest, and the college visits have begun. The first one was to a big-city (for Wisconsin) art and design school. You know how guidance counselors at school tell you: apply to three colleges – the one you…

self-help

I don’t know what it says about me that Tony Robbins keeps popping up in my youtube algorithm ads. You know, the manly-jawed “self-help” guru? Probably it says that I viewed too many videos about the downfall of Rachel Hollis, the “Girl Wash Your Face” author. The hubris of people who rocket to social media,…