Keep Pedaling…

  Last year, I completed a manuscript that I’d been working on for a very long time.  There was some initial interest, but it ended with a ‘no, thank you’.  So, I did what all respectable southern women do…I took to my…

Wild Chickens and Me

Paradox is hard to miss here. It forces me to pay attention.  Modern high-end resorts sit next to the ravages that Ivan left behind back in 2004.   The lovely beaches, I expected.  The flood of childhood memories was a surprise. Chickens are everywhere.  They announce the sunrise to all…

Tethered

  I try to walk Louis, a chocolate standard poodle and Lucy a long haired dachshund as much as possible. It can be quite a chore. Lucy being the oldest and in her mind, in charge, thinks that she is entitled to walk out in front. Louis is a big…

Hypnosis…Really?

“You are getting very sleepy…” A long chain holding a pendulum swings back and fourth.  Someone speaks in slow, monotone sentences, inducing a “coma-esque” state in the person (subject) that sits watching and listening.  The subject is unaware of the present moment, but can…

Mamas Never Forget Their Babies…

If God almighty were to sit in judgment of me the way that my daughter has, then I would be damned to hell for all of eternity. Of this, I am certain…. Actually, I am only teasing. But, I was surprised by a little exchange between me and my daughter…

Walls

  We all build walls.  Even the politicians talk about building walls.  We think that they will protect us.  But do they? Janie had built some pretty impressive walls.  I did not know if I could scale the walls that she had erected.  She was so hidden away. The next…

First Meeting

The first time that I saw Janie, she sat as far into the corner as she could.  She was pleasant and silent.  If asked a question, she was able to respond in three words or less.  It was impressive. I was facilitating an expressive/creative writing class at the county…

Jail House Conversion

The author, psychologist and theologian, John Bradshaw says that the first three steps of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) restore order between me and God.  The second set of steps restore order within me, the third set of  steps restore order between me and my family and the final three steps restore…

The Miracle of Life

I like to read obituaries and month or so back, I read one about a man who served with the Navy during World War II as a doctor.  He was on the ship that treated soldiers who had been wounded on Omaha Beach during D-day. Very Impressive. Well, it…

Blessed by ‘the Village’

I became a mother on Mother’s day, twenty-seven years ago. My son came into this world at eight and one half pounds, twenty-one inches long.    Little did I know or understand the weight of a new life. But, from those early days, when I went to…