I won’t lie. It’s hard to be an optimist. I guess real optimists don’t say that. They probably say they welcome the days they can reject pessimism. Although I see wonderful things around me every single day, I’ve found it difficult to savor them lately. Perhaps it’s the weather, the dead of winter, the long… Read More See Those Clouds? It’s Sunny Here in Huntersville!
The heavy doors to the courtroom closed with determination. Everyone in the room knew the time was nigh. The clerk took her seat, the attorneys waited anxiously and finally, the judge appeared and everyone rose out of respect. When he gave his nod, the people in the courtroom sat collectively and waited for the trial… Read More In God We Trust
This past week has been a whirlwind of activity and news from far away. It has been extremely enlightening. At my age, being enlightened is almost a craving — to be challenged and educated and still yearning for more information is invigorating. Over the past six months, after a poignant visit with cousins in Oklahoma,… Read More Finding Your DNA — It’s All Relative
Last season, I was on the phone with an old friend while I was taking a walk around town at night. The night is the perfect time to walk, because it is silent and houses are lit up and sometimes, you can witness little bits of family life in the front rooms of the house.… Read More Walking Into Stories
Before Christmas, my sister happened to text me that a neighbor of hers was moving and selling off most of her quality furniture at very good prices. “Do you need anything?” was the text that started everything. I’ve lamented before that working in public service means working for very little money but greater personal rewards,… Read More It Just “Happened” to Happen: My Couch Cushion Story
It is Christmas Eve. Around the world, it is a night of faith and religious contemplation and celebration. Some people see tonight as a night of reflection and a night of deep gratitude for the blessings we have received. And of course, there are those of us who still believe in Santa and angels here… Read More Merry Christmas. Always.
My dear Ally, Today is your birthday and you know I send you love and hugs and silly faces. Because you are very much like me in so many ways, I want to share with you what life ahead will be for you. Rich. Full of love. Full of adventure and surrounded by people you… Read More A Birthday Message for Ally