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Why Write Poetry

First, a disclaimer:  I am in no way an authority on poetry; it is just something I happen to do… a lot.  In fact, my original blog, One Woman’s Quest, is dedicated to my poetic escapades. A cancer scare prompted me to start writing a blog in the first place […]

Now I’m “Up and Vanished”

Binge listening to the podcast “Up and Vanished”.  It’s an investigative series looking into the disappearance of 30 year-old Tara Grinstead, a high school teacher in Ocilla, Georgia. Inspired by the podcast “Serial”,  Payne Lindsey, a self-described film maker, has ventured outside his comfort zone to explore this mystery and […]

Systemic Describes ME/CFS

Systemic best describes the characteristic of ME/CFS:  the exhaustion, like a lead weight, hits muscles, organs, and brain creating an overall resistance to movement.  Physical energy is engaged in a battle against spirit. Two weeks ago, I attended wedding preparations and celebrations, babysat my five-year-old granddaughter, and felt like I […]

Simple Criteria for Eliciting Follows

Following a fellow blogger is a commitment that I take seriously; I have no desire to fill my inbox or Reader feed with material that I will ultimately ignore or delete. The initial impulse to fuel a follow is based on three simple criteria: First impressions:  does the blog immediately […]

Four Posts That Inspired Me Today

Thought I’d share four posts that helped kick-start my day: Dr. Andrea Dinardo’s blog Thriving Under Pressure offers inspiration for daily living.  Today’s post asks the question:  Are you left brain or right brain dominant?  Take a quiz to determine where you stand, and watch an inspiring video by Jill […]

Do Grandchildren Prolong Life?

A recent Facebook post suggested that babysitting contributes to prolonged life for grandparents.  Given how exhausted I am after spending time with my granddaughters, I find that hard to believe, and yet… there is an undeniable glow that lingers for days every time I am exposed to those precious little […]

Blessing Of Interracial Union

“What’s her name?” “I can’t tell you.” “What?  Why not?  Do I know her?” “No, Mom.  If I tell you her name, you’ll ask too many questions that I’m not ready to answer yet.” “Oh.” “A son is sweetness and strength and mystery;” Call it Mother’s intuition, but I could […]

Pumped Up

Originally posted on Behind the White Coat:
“Well, you see… I was benching 300 pounds and felt something give in my right shoulder. It’s been hurting ever since.” “How long ago was this?” “Um.” He searched his memory. “Three months ago? Maybe longer.” He shrugged, then winced. “Why the hell…

Glue: A Dream Perspective

(Sometimes, the best way to approach dream interpretation is to retell the dream from a different character’s perspective.  What follows is just that.  The ‘she’ referred to is the ego self.  To gain further insight, I also wrote a poem, simply titled “Glue”.) How can I justify this current state […]