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Silence

Silence pierces the quiet, and I strain to hear voices.  Are they here, or have they slipped out without alerting me? A visitor in my step daughter’s home for a month and quietness permeates the walls. They seem to whisper, murmuring. Or is it my deafness that mutes their voices? Cabinet doors shut with barely… Continue reading Silence

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The Dangers of Change

If you are going to change things, find someone who knows how to help you, and affix them permanently to your side. Or you can live in darkness wandering around the forest biting your nails, yelling to the heavens, gritting your teeth, and succumbing to desperate pleas to your computer that pays no attention to… Continue reading The Dangers of Change

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A Time to Retire

For many years I didn’t believe I would ever retire. It was not a money issue, but a matter of desire. I loved working, and couldn’t imagine I wouldn’t want to work forever…or for as long as my health held out. I was fearful of retirement, not sure what I would do, afraid I’d lose… Continue reading A Time to Retire

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Friends to the Rescue

It’s been 27 years since I lived through the devastating earthquake in Northridge, California. You would think after two decades the memories would be diminished, but in fact, they make my heart beat faster, and create an almost panic feeling of helplessness. It triggers my need to flee, quickly. But there is often no place… Continue reading Friends to the Rescue

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Like and Dislike

To like or dislike is not the question, but rather in what way we use it. It is common for me to declare, “I don’t like her or him”, perhaps based on their political views, their religious believes, their attitude toward minorities, or the way they look at me. And I have to remind myself… Continue reading Like and Dislike

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Musings

Aloneness Aloneness forced by nature, perhaps to slow movement, allowing a clearer view of living. Stopping pursuits, exposing feelings. Learning myself, igniting the twigs of creativity as kindling begins a warming blaze. Fire erupts, insights born in the rising smoke, freeing restraints, clearing vision, making way as fears and joys emerge.

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Crossing a River

A river of division separates our country, and we face the challenge of how to cross that divide without destroying and polluting the center. I’ve been struggling with how to clean up this river, make it navigable and accessible for all people. And I wonder what I expect and/or anticipate to happen as we search for… Continue reading Crossing a River

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Zooming through Covid-19

  One thing this alone time (called social isolation) has forced and/or enabled me to do is write and learn how to maneuver my way around Zoom. I was not forward thinking enough to invest in Zoom 10 months ago which means I have not benefitted from increasing my net worth due to the millions… Continue reading Zooming through Covid-19