Pockets – Let’s Talk Pockets

I don’t mean pockets as in Hot Pockets those over-salted tomatoey lunch bites filled with acid indigestion. I don’t mean pocketbooks empty or full, air pockets found in the sky that cause an aircraft to lose altitude suddenly, zit pockets erupting on your teenager’s face, secret air pockets in underwater caves, or Pockets the devotional …

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Henny Hospice – A Poem

Henny Hospice In the midst of our kitchen there squats a chicken named Goldmine for her feathers and yoke, stricken by silent forces within. What am I to learn from this old girl who waits inside closed eyelids for death? Does she know her fate, last breath is near? Blind and weakened, unable to grasp …

A Mother’s Wish on Mother’s Day

A Mother's Wish I wish for you ten-thousand rainbows, with views from your heart, deep in your spirit. If ever you can’t see me, close your eyes and remember, I am everywhere, and there. In the symphony of spring, the glow of autumn, the bluster of winter. And in the shade of summer, where I’ll …

Quotes of Wisdom 43 – Spring Brings Growth

"The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." ~Harriet Ann Jacobs I am so feelin' it the past few days. I hope that if the season is Spring wherever you are, it is bringing the joy of new growth and beauty to your life.  Sometimes …

Time4Learning Homeschool Curriculum Review

Disclosure My opinion is entirely my own. I have not received any compensation for this review. Time4Learning offers standards-based language arts and math curriculum. Science, social studies and art lessons are provided as a bonus for most grades. A few months ago our kids' school changed leadership and instituted policies which led to an environment that was no longer in line with our …

Writing Memoir is Like Hard Boiling a Cracked Egg

Writing memoir is like hard boiling a cracked egg.  Contents burble out into the scalding water forming opaque hints of the story concealed within. The raw sticky interior simmering, congealing, forming itself into perfection. The difference being, when we try to set the timer for completing the project the winds of life blow out the …

Quotes of Wisdom 42 Strange Thoughts while Grieving

"One of the things that happens to people in grief is they secretly think they're crazy, because they realize they are thinking things that don't make sense." ~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright~Joan Didion, Author, Journalist, Playwright 2/6/19  Early this morning I stood at our kitchen sink, coffee cup in hand, looking out the window.  A big …

Another Thing to Expect When Your Mother Dies – A Year Later – Life is But a Breath

A year of my life is history; a year my mother was not here to experience the ups and downs of everyday life, the blooms in her gardens, or the thunder of last week's storms. Breast cancer claimed her for its statistical rollcall in February 2018, three months short of her 75th birthday. The day …

Quotes of Wisdom 41 Standing on the Edge Requires You to Slow Down

"Become slower in your journey through life. Practice yoga and meditation if you suffer from 'hurry sickness.' Become more introspective by visiting quiet places such as churches, museums, mountains and lakes. Give yourself permission to read at least one novel a month for pleasure."Wayne Dyer "Sankalpa is a Sanskrit term in yogic philosophy that refers to …