It’s black outside. Inky black. Seems it’s blacker this year than ever before. Used to be I loved the cover of dark in these early hours. I used to love the hug of Time taking its time to spend moments with me. I used to love the feeling of there being no one but... Continue Reading →


If only…

And there they were, ~ a gathering of clouds ~ spread perfectly above a slice of sky ... a window to the universe.   Precisely aligned to reflect the beauty of the rising sun, these puffs of vapor were destined for greatness, designed for magnificence and clearly meant to become an unparalleled sunrise. Then... BOOM! Nothing.   Not... Continue Reading →

The Dance

My father-in-law died from Alzheimers this week. He died peacefully in the hands of a facility full of life and hope and angels dressed in flesh. Unmistakably, Alzheimer's is a hideous and heart-wrenching disease and to those of you living out this life with your loved ones, my heart goes out to you. Yet, I am... Continue Reading →

in the settling of the dust

the dust has settled now particles of Life strewn through space finding rest on window sills and piano benches and picture frames that speak of a different time when the dust was first kicked up into Clouds of Life that followed little boys dressed in ninja gear and cowboy hats and dreams too big to... Continue Reading →

the deep ache of Want

She was gone. And he was walking alone. Her camera in his hand, taking pictures of what life was meant to look like if she were near his side. Two weeks gone now, and he was wandering the canyons of Utah. Alone.   You wouldn't know on the outside. He smiled and chatted briefly about... Continue Reading →

… though I can’t imagine where

  Early morning shadows sprinkle the lawn revealing splashes of Light and baby fresh, spring-popping green. The robin hops through the landscape - stopping to listen - head cocked at the slightest rumble of a worm inching its way near. The flower turns its head to welcome morning's light. And just beyond, a doe and her... Continue Reading →

Old Crusty, be gone!

We all self-talk. We all have those inner conversations - some analytical, some matter-of-fact that say: "Do this. Go here. ... Okay, that's done." And then there's the other conversations - the judgments. The ones that wiggle their way into our hearts and hiss: "That was stupid! Why did you say THAT? I can't believe... Continue Reading →

A familiar tune

    The new day peaks its head just above the night and a mourning dove begins his soulful tune, Waking the Sun, his melody glides the currents of the dawn     Coo, coo-dee - COO, coooo coo Coo, coo-dee - COO, coooo, coo   Why does he sing, this morning minstrel, ... what moves him so? Does he... Continue Reading →

An Empty Canvas

"Just write" they say, "Just put your pen to paper, your fingers to keypad " they urge.   "Your heart will end up in the ink of new discovery," they tell me...   I suppose it's true. I suppose words are created in action that becomes thought and I suppose maybe even the opposite is true:... Continue Reading →

Hope’s Blush

An alarm woke me from my sleep today. No bells or whistles or unwanted blares... instead a quiet inner alarm timed to the sunlight hitting the tree outside my bedroom window.   I flopped back to grab another hour's dream, but the shimmer of tree's reflected light played into my thoughts... It took me a... Continue Reading →

Focused on Home

Joining with Five Minute Friday and Thought-Provoking Thursdays Hide and Seek. We played it for a lifetime.   Scattered into the long summer nights we raced spurred on to the Perfect Spot against miscounted seconds and out-of-step frenzy and Hope counting down to Time's hurried shout, "Ready or not!" Stopped frozen, we waited. I don't... Continue Reading →

When the sun rose today…

Another day Another sunrise   Today, there was no fanfare No holding of the breath No dazzling colors …No facefook photos Nothing like the last few days when clouds lit up the sky in all their jaw-dropping glory and Hallelujahs rang and spirits soared beyond their dreams   Nope Just another day same ol' same... Continue Reading →

This Road We Walk

At what point do you stop believing what you see  and reach for the golden ring that passes by each waking turn? At what point do you grasp at the straws that lie scattered at your feet and build with them a mansion spun in gold? At what point do you take the stars and... Continue Reading →

Against all Odds

I didn’t know what I was getting into.  How many times, and for how many things could we say that? I wonder how many things we’d never have done had we known. I wonder if not knowing is the point. The point from which we throw caution to the wind and go diving in, only... Continue Reading →

when the stillness is the dancing

I hear the gentle breeze sneaking through my window, and the morning dove's call - just beyond the fence - blends with a neighborhood dog's cry for attention. The sprinklers beat out their rhythm as the chimes are teased into a simple melody - set sail to drift on passing clouds tipping their hats on... Continue Reading →

So Close

  Perfect words somewhere close by caught up in the breeze that smooths away the scraped edges of a day too long Words too soft to distinguish wrapped in a tumbling jumble of chattering birds and the distant rumble of summer's approach riding on the tails of clouds tipping their hat my way as they... Continue Reading →

The Tease

I can still feel it if I close my eyes and turn my heart just so toward the light that forever moment when I shed my Winter robe and walked outside the door and was drenched in Gentle I can still feel the dunking of satin smoothing, changing, encircling each cell in another layer of... Continue Reading →

Every Flit

I love eagles. I love their majesty and beauty, how they command the sky, evoking awe... how they soar the currents, beyond the crowds, invoking wonder. All things perfect soar on eagles’ wings. I wanted to be an eagle. I pictured myself rising above all the earthly muck and stretching wings of spirit-filled wonder. I... Continue Reading →

if my words…

Writing with the Five minute Friday community... ready, set, go. If my words could fly on the wind, if they could encompass the earth on a journey of freedom, if they could cover the heights of daring and the depths of tragedy... where would they travel? Would they beat the streets of Morocco, or scale... Continue Reading →

Rosy Pink or Lavender Sad

In the glow of the approaching sun, I hear it wrapped all rosy pink and lavender sad the morning anthem the heralding cry the whispering plea "Don't wait for the sun to burst the fray of a busy have-to day. You, this day, choose whom you will believe.   This life, this day, this moment, waits... Continue Reading →

A Dream Come True

  I look out from my morning fortress, snuggled in my blanket, cradling coffee and sipping life.  I wish for deep thoughts, but they allude me here. Sometimes it’s everything just to watch and listen. As I wait, Sun's first rays shine bright their spotlight on dreams come true right at my feet and though... Continue Reading →

Just Beyond the Night

The moon rises slowly behind the clouds. I know it's there. I've seen it rise before. I've watched it peaking up bold and beautiful,  decked out in all its fullness best. ... I've seen it rising shyly, a thin line of crescent gold letting the stars steal the show. I've seen it so many ways,... Continue Reading →

Nighttime Visitor

It's late at night that she visits  - the dreamer the one whose voice I know, tugging gently my heart, she whispers -- "Wake up! Come away with me. Come, you're still young. Come, let's play like before. Let's go, let's eat the fruit, let's run!" I can hear her trying to disguise the desperateness... Continue Reading →

You are mine

joining up again with LIsa Jo and Laura ... 5 minute writing with the freedom to simply breathe in the process Encourage -- to infuse courage to wrap it around warm and soft like a fresh fuzzy blanket, warm from the dryer encourage-- to give someone a hand, a lifeline that says there is hope,... Continue Reading →

Time’s Echo

I remember her hands, wrinkled and plain her sliver-thin misshapen ring hanging loosely like her neck – Sagging misfits on her shrinking frame I remember his Jim Beam paunch, jutting past his cinched up belt A slide rule in his pocket and smoldering cigarette in his hand Strands of hair arching across his balding forehead... Continue Reading →

Autumns’ Dance

The leaves burn red and blaze orange around me and for a moment I’m caught unaware - breathless. In the middle of all this beautiful change I feel every part of me smile and weep and yearn all at the same time. What is it about Fall that causes my thoughts to tug at the... Continue Reading →

Through the Door

Last Saturday, we placed our Dad in what will be his last home. It was all things hard, all things right, and all things Life mixed into a jumble of wearied emotions and 'next thing' challenges. SO thankful to a God who loves us and ushers us gently through new thresholds - especially when their... Continue Reading →

Calling All Ye Jolly Oxen!

Sometimes out of nowhere Life bubbles up so full and overflowing that it spills over into one deliciously messy puddle of delightful mud. An amazing mix of Deep and True and all of earth’s richness swirled together into a perfect pool where words splash brown - washed clean - unleashed in hard earned Joy that... Continue Reading →

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