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Hello! It’s Me Again!



I haven’t been on social media much over the past year.  Outside of sharing images on Instagram, I’ve pretty much avoided the whole scene.  I grew tired of all the nastiness that seemed to pop up everywhere.  I couldn’t get past how vicious some people could be.  The trolls were making me lose my faith in humanity.  So – I stepped back.  I took a much-needed break and I refocused my energies.

Volunteering with the homeless shelter reminded me of all my blessings.

Seeing my husband retire from his job as a law enforcement officer filled me with gratitude.  After years of calls – he came home.  Safely.

Photography classes reminded me that the world is beautiful – as are most people.

After being stuck in an office all week, I treasure the time I have outdoors.  This weekend the weather was perfect for getting out the camera and having a little shutter time.

One of my favorite places to visit is the New Hanover Arboretum.   I find it so relaxing. The flowers, the water feature, the animals – they all work together to take visitors to another place far away from troubles and worries – to a place where imagination rules and happiness abounds.arboretum 1

Here’s wishing you a wonderful day!  May happiness find you!


Note:  I wasn’t the recipient of the nastiness – just an observor who felt heartsick at what I witnessed.




It’s been a while…

And I don’t know where the time went.

It started with me needing a little break from social media.  I thought a week or two might give me a reprieve.  But those couple of weeks turned into a couple of months and then some.  I never imagined my little break would last quite so long.

In that time, I traveled to New York City – tried some street food (not too shabby), visited Chinatown and made my way around on the subway.  A nice visit but not in any hurry to go back. (Mark one off the bucket list.)

arches-national-park-1I also made a trip to Utah – visited Arches National Park (Wow!) and realized that Utah may be the most random place I’ve ever been.  As we drove down an interstate – in the middle of nowhere – we watched someone parachute onto a field along side of the highway.  And the terrain – seriously, it was like driving into an old movie.  I half expected to see cowboys and wagon trains.

Then there’s school.  I started taking some night classes at the community college. Nothing crazy – just some photography and Photoshop classes.  It’s been challenging. As Albert Einstein said, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”

I took a hiatus from writing.  It’s been months since I’ve done more than jot down a potential scene or two.  Instead of being an escape, writing became work – and that sapped all the joy from the process.

I’ve got two grandsons now – Bodie (Bo) and Jaxon (Jax).   It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was sitting in my high school English class discussing the Canterbury Tales. It’s crazy how time flies.

Maybe it’s the age thing – knowing that 50 is only a couple months away – but time is becoming a much more precious commodity.  Spending that time in the real world has held much more appeal than hanging out in the twitter-sphere.

So – that’s an abridged version of what’s been going on in my life.  It’s been busy but good.

I’ve missed reading your posts and I’ll try to stop by a little more frequently.

Y’all take care.



Quiet Time

Hello everyone!

If you follow my blog, you know that I go through periods where I’m posting every week and then it’s like I hit a brick wall and I don’t have much to say.  This is true in my personal life as well – I’m all about being with others – until I’m not…  The quieter you become the more you can hear.

I call it my quiet time.

It happens periodically.   Part of me needs my space, a break if you will.  And I retreat to that place within.  And I let the balm of solitude sooth my soul.

And after a while, my batteries recharge.

And the world calls to me…

And I’m ready to answer.

To be honest, I’m still feeling pretty quiet.  But I did want to let you know I’m thinking of you and I hope all is well in your lives.







Hygiene Bags for the Homeless

One of my favorite stories tells of a young boy making his way down the beach.  He comes across numerous starfish lying on the sand.  Instead of walking by, he takes the time to toss some of the starfish back into the ocean.  An old man witnesses his actions and comments that he’s wasting his time, that there’s too many of them and it won’t make a difference.  The young boy then tosses another starfish into the water and replied, “It made a difference to that one.”

Everyone has causes that touch their hearts.  And most of the time, if we dwell on the size and scope of that cause and the needs associated with it, it can become overwhelming. Take homelessness if you will.  With so many in need of food, shelter and medical attention, it’s easy to see why so many people choose not to see the need.  It’s easier to ignore the problem than to take action.

plex_wp_edited_image(195) (1)After coming across a post of Facebook about hygiene bags for the homeless, I decided to join the movement.

For less than $25.oo, I was able to put together three hygiene bags. I included things like socks, a hand towel, bandages as well as toiletries. While these bags only serve as a small band-aid on a gaping wound, I hope that the recipients realize that they aren’t forgotten. In a society that places too much emphasis and value on things of no consequence, it’s important to remember that no one should be relegated to the alone and forgotten category.

plex_wp_edited_image(196)Theses bags have been placed in our cars to be given out as needed. And like the kid in the story, I hope that I can make a difference in the lives of those with whom I come in contact.

So – What moves you?  Please comment on the things you’re doing to make the world a better place.  You never know – your passion might inspire another to try and make a difference.



Gardening Update #2

So far so good.


Container gardening has its advantages – like no weeding.  I’m loving that!  The plants are growing – actually looking better than I had hoped.  If nothing else, I’ll have tomatoes!

When I was a kid, our family had a big garden.  Each morning, my sister and I would accompany my mother to the garden where we would weed and water the plants.  Each evening, my mother served a variety of fresh vegetables for dinner – greens, corn, beans, squash, tomatoes, etc. – the only thing different was the meat.  We didn’t realize how lucky we were.  Kids being kids, we would have given our right arm for a can of Chef Boyardee spaghetti and meatballs.

Trust me when I tell you that I hated early morning gardening.  I was sure that as an adult, I’d never weed another hill of beans.  Yet, here I am filling the watering can.

I don’t look at myself as a health freak but I have to admit pesticides, fertilizers and genetically engineered vegetables worry me.  The fact that the companies which supply the foods we eat basically foot the bill for their oversight raises serious concerns. So when I can, I’ve started buying organic fruits and vegetables.  Maybe I’m jumping at shadows but erring on the side of caution seems wise.

That leads me back to my little garden.

I know what isn’t being put on my plants…

And no chemicals makes me happy!