Hi blogging friends and family, I’ve had a busy week. Too busy, which is ironic because, well, you’ll see below. Deadline week pressure, and Kitty #3, Penny, had oral surgery to remove a mass on Monday. Results tomorrow. Fingers crossed. (Deep breath…) Hope everyone is well and enjoying spring–or autumn–and the change of seasons. I … More Slow Down. What’s Your Hurry?
This month marks my 3-year anniversary of blogging. Merriam Webster recognizes this event as a blogiversary, just not officially. Yet. I wanted to take a look back three years ago to the beginning of my blogging journey. But, I have to admit, this was not truly the beginning of blogging for me. I had been … More Growth: A Look Back
My gracious, it’s November. And actually, it’s nearly December! Where does the time go? And I’d like a real answer to that question, please… 🙂 Ok, I get that many of us are on the same page here and watch as time slips through our fingers and days between blog posts widens. But kudos to … More Time Flies
Hi there, it’s been a while. I feel like my blog posts get fewer and further between. I don’t like that! I enjoy blogging, sharing my little part of the world. I also enjoy reading blogs. Luckily, I have been mostly keeping up with that. I don’t like to speed through the blogs I follow, … More Mushrooms, Deadlines, and Other Facts of Life
Hey that’s me! I’m 5-0! I turned a half-century old (young?) on June 17. My husband and I celebrated by heading to the gorgeous North Carolina mountains. As much as I love to hike and as many times as I’ve been to the mountains, I had never taken the time to visit the waterfalls that … More 50–Wow! It Really IS Just a Number.
Last week was filled with many emotions. The heartbreaking headlines about Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain and all of the following posts* by acquaintances, friends, and strangers describing their personal experiences with anxiety, depression, despair, and grief left me feeling a certain hard-to-explain heaviness. I’ve been there, maybe not to the same extent, but close enough to know … More Stretching Lessons: Waterfalls of Compassion May Be Required
It’s a busy time of year for everyone: spring gardening, spring cleaning, graduations, end-of-year award ceremonies, holiday travel, and a whole lot of other happenings. My photo of article in Midtown magazine. Photo of bee on flower by Matt Williams. I’ve been busy working on several upcoming article assignments, and that’s the reason for my … More All The Buzz About Bees
We all have that one needy co-worker. I’ve told her three times that I’m working outside today. I am not going inside on this beautiful sunny day! She can just get over it! Good thing I’m the boss. “Riiiight,” she sneers. “Good thing you’re the boss.” And then I gather my computer, books, pens, and … More Co-workers: Freelance Writer Style
Photo of a strangely beautiful abandoned country farmhouse, Norwood, Virginia. Taken Nov. 2017. I attended a couple of powerful lectures this week at Duke University. Wednesday night I saw Natasha Trethewey, our former US Poet Laureate. Last night I saw Richard Rodriguez, memoirist and essayist. They touched on similar themes and both have me thinking … More Strange Beauty: Wounds, Loss, Exile, Survival
It is a beautiful day, and I plan to be in my garden all day. Correction: I plan to be in my garden all weekend. There’s so much I want to do and need to do. It’s a good thing that I like getting my hands dirty. To me, there’s nothing better than weeding, digging, and planting in a garden. Speaking of gardening, I thought I would share my latest article on spring gardening tips in the current issues of both Midtown and Cary Living Magazines (Raleigh and Cary, NC sister publications). ‘Green Thumbs For All’ was a lot of fun to write, and I enjoyed visiting local garden centers and talking to landscape professionals. … More Green Thumbs For All: Spring Gardening Tips