She sat among, but was alone Talk was loud, but she heard nothing She smiled, her eyes never sparkling, This isn’t my place, my time, my desire I can’t stay, I’m disconnected Too much required, comfort abandoned Overwhelming my unsettled mind I need home, cat, music, my peace Permission granted from within She strolled away,… Continue reading Alone

Art · Clocks · Dog · flowers · Nan's Farm · Self · sky · Watching · Weekly Prompt


I watch. I watch from my isolation chamber: cozy, confined, comfortable, constricted. My casa secures me during this time of fear, concern and self-incarceration, so I watch. I watch the sky lighten, fill with color, provide moisture, heat the planet, and darken. I watch my roommates tug for possession of canine toys, growling, chasing, then… Continue reading Watching

Chet Atkins · I'll See You In My Dreams · Jack

I’ll See You In My Dreams

Is this an ending or a beginning, or both? Waving goodbye to family members backing out of my driveway, I felt the tension and relief ooze from my shoulders and back. Must be the way that last dollop of toothpaste feels when it’s squeezed from a rolled and twisted tube. Starting with the death of… Continue reading I’ll See You In My Dreams

Cee's Fun Foto Challenge

This Bird is all Alone

I’m aware you must stretch your imagination to understand why I selected this photo for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge with the prompt ‘Alone’. When I look at the expression on this bird’s face, I think he is mad as hell because he is alone with all that growth around him. Yep, you can tell I’m… Continue reading This Bird is all Alone

1960s · Christmas · Puerto Rico · strrangers · surprises · Uncategorized

Christmas Away From Home

It all seemed unreal.  I was the only occupant in a multi-story hotel, being accompanied to my room by a cheerful young man who seemed delighted to have someone to help. Our steps echoed in the empty hall, and along with my trepidation I was acutely aware that this was the weirdest Christmas Eve I had ever… Continue reading Christmas Away From Home

Alone · Aloneness · death · Grieving · Loneliness · loss · Uncategorized

Am I Lonely Because I’m Alone?

One of my favorite blogs is Time Goes By, written by a woman who shares a lifetime span with me. She pens about the challenges and issues that are important to those of us who have passed the 50, 60, 70 or 80 hallmarks of time. In a recent post she addressed the loss of loved ones, grieving,… Continue reading Am I Lonely Because I’m Alone?

Alone · eating · humor · Living Alone

Secrets of Living Alone

Living alone certainly has its advantages, but there are some rules one must follow. The first one is you must eat out regularly. This rule is required so that you don’t forget the niceties of communal dining. In other words, this exercise forces you to use a fork instead of your fingers, and not to… Continue reading Secrets of Living Alone

blogging · Daily Post · Daily Prompts · Solitude · writing

Solitude Is Necessary

Solitude is intriguing. It nourishes me, it drains me, it demands from me, and it leads me to interaction. I’ve spent most of my life not participating in any activity that was solitude in nature. I wanted people around me. I wanted activity and interaction, and lots of it. But I’m becoming accustomed to my alone… Continue reading Solitude Is Necessary

Aloneness · humor · musings · Youth

Can You Stay Young Alone?

“Can you stay young alone?” This question was asked in a fellow blogger’s post, and it struck a chord that I felt moved to consider. And it raised more questions. Can I stay young, no matter my age? Can I stay young with or without having an intimate partner? Do I even want to stay young? Is youth… Continue reading Can You Stay Young Alone?