a few thoughts on ‘fessing up’…

‘Fessing up means to admit.  It is a confessing of wrongs done, an admission of actions taken, words spoken, etc.  It means letting down, a humble acceptance of a guilty plea, an owning up to truth, admitting wrongs done, or an ‘admission’ of wrongs committed. But here’s the thing. ‘Admission’ also means being allowed to enter. When we’re granted admission to something, we usually need a ticket right? We need a key, a sign that says we’ve paid what weRead more

a few thoughts on reflections…

I love to see reflections in the water. Sometimes, the reflection is so true to form, and looks so much like what is being reflected. Other times, it looks so different. Ripples in the water, lighting,  and angles can make a big difference in how accurate the reflection looks.  The above photo isn’t clear, or an accurate representation at all, but I still loved the way it looked. And even if it doesn’t look quite like the plant that isRead more

each moment

“God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now… If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time. However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.” ~ Oswald Chambers Gonna repeat that one line again and again to myself…“if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment asRead more

a few thoughts on hornets…

Have  you ever heard that phrase “mad as a hornet”?  It makes me picture some crazed hornet flying sporadically in random patterns at high speeds, and everyone else running to steer clear of it’s undetermined and unpredictable path. Well, I was thinking about that phrase the other morning. Why?  Because I was.  “Mad as a hornet”, that is. Yes. Affirmative with no exaggeration. I promise I wasn’t ‘flying sporadically in random patterns at high speeds …, but I did noteRead more

a few thoughts on succulents…

My girl Hope and I recently purchased some succulents. They come in all shapes and sizes. They  have different textures. They even come in all different shades and colors, and they are all just beautiful. Especially when you mix them together. But there’s one thing that they all have in common. They need light….lots and lots of light to survive. If they get too much water on a regular basis, well, instead of thriving, they barely hang on to surviving.Read more

a few thoughts on waves…

So I’ve always loved to write. But I don’t always love to share. Nope. Putting stuff ‘out there’ can be vulnerable. It’s easy to be misunderstood, and even if not, it’s easy to feel misunderstood. I guess that’s why I like saying things are “a few thoughts on…” this or that. Because it’s not summative. It’s not the ‘whole truth and nothing but the truth’. It’s just me sharing thoughts…a piece, a little slice of perspective that will hopefully encourageRead more

anyway

    Planning for outcomes is good. But isn’t it true that in the midst of the process is often where the real change and impact is made? I read these “Paradoxical Commandments” the other day and was glad to be reminded to press on and try to make good decisions even when the outcomes weren’t quite what I’d choose. Our world is so results and outcomes-based. But lots of times, we might plant seeds and never see a teenyRead more

a few thoughts on a father’s love…

Ok, so I’m sitting here crying like a baby.  Happy tears I promise. Well, a happy mix at least.  I watched the sweetest thing and have shared it below. It was a combination of courage and kindness, compassion and love. It was a vulnerable bearing of the soul. And the song sung was absolutely beautiful. What caught my attention first was that the singer is a ‘pediatric mental health nurse’.  It probably caught my attention because I’m in the middleRead more

a few thoughts on details…

  After a very full few weeks, I gladly found my way back to the river on Sunday. Austin is home from NYC, and he and I both had lots to do for the coming week, so after walking a bit, found a space with a picnic table to get to work. He found solitude by the river’s edge. I stayed at the picnic table. I kept hoping he was being more productive than yours truly. I started to workRead more

a few thoughts on remembering…

    I’m so glad we  have a day to remember …not just the fallen soldiers…but the ones who remember them everyday, all year long, for a lifetime… This past April, I was driving home from the beach and had to stop when I saw this little cemetery. There were flags everywhere…. …and it was pretty cool that “Smith” was the most common name on the tombstones. Lots of “John Smiths” who have given their lives for our country. AmRead more