Leaving a legacy

On our way to pick up our son from his first year of college, I realized that this fall, in just a few short months, our daughter will begin applying to colleges as well. This time next year, she will be a high school graduate. When I celebrate my 50th birthday next September, both of … Continue reading Leaving a legacy


We threw the windows open yesterday. I wore lotion with sunscreen. On my lunch break, I sat in the sun in the back garden and read from Drinking Coffee Elsewhere by ZZ Packer. I listened to bumblebees buzz. I worked from underneath the dogwood tree. I wore short-sleeves and a summer skirt. After I retreated … Continue reading Warmth

Other lives

One of the exercises in the first week of The Artist’s Way is to consider other life paths. If you could, just for fun, imagine five other lives you’d like to lead, what would they be? Since I’m doing this with a group of friends, I wanted to know what everyone else would pick. I … Continue reading Other lives

Cat nap

God I love weekends. My Saturday started hectic, which I didn’t love. This is a big weekend in town between the Virginia Tech spring football game and the high school prom, and I wanted to get to the grocery store early before it was mobbed. I shopped before I’d even had breakfast or coffee, and … Continue reading Cat nap