remembering to think

It’s important to think about what we’re thinking about. It’s beneficial to pay attention to what we’re paying attention to. So often we will find that we see what we seek. That’s why it made me smile to see a splash of green on the oh-so-very-gray morning this morning. Once I saw the green of Spring, the gray almost complemented it and wasn’t so bad…even on an oh-so-very-gray morning in our nation. I’m thankful in the midst of struggle, there’sRead more

Known.

I’ve been singing a new song a lot lately. If you want, you can click the link below while you read….it’s a great song ❤ And it made me thinking about knowing, and being known…so here are some of my oh-so-informally-written thoughts and reflections. (And if you don’t have time to read, well, please listen to the song…it’s so good…) a knowing can chase away the most gnawing of thoughts… a knowing can be an anchor in hurricane-force winds ofRead more

the palm of His hand

I heard a song today that brought back memories of a song that I heard and sang quite a bit. As a young child,  I can remember hearing: “He’s got the whole world in His hands… He’s got the whole wide world in his hands He’s got the whole world in His hands He’s got the whole world in His hands.”   I can remember being a  young kid visually picturing a huge globe with hands reaching down…only hands, mindRead more

a boxful of letters

I opened a box today. It was full of handwritten letters from war…not just one or two, but hundreds and hundreds…one written per day from Southeast Asia to Southeast Pennsylvania, from a man overseas to a wife and young son on the home front. My grandfather made sure to always write a letter to his beloved “bride” and their son, my Dad.  He was a man who laughed easily, loved well, and had wisdom and whit to share. Even inRead more

cling

Ugh. It’s the back to school January blues for this chick. I’ve been trying to focus my mind and have been failing miserably.  I tried thinking of all the thinks*  I’m thankful for,  prayed,  ( (things*, but I think it’s an appropriate typo, lol!)  I prepared lessons, and it all came up a bit short. It came up short that is… until I started to sing…and lift up my voice. So this song was sung/written on the way to DollarRead more

…a few thoughts on mashed potatoes…

It’s Thursday morning, and I just finished up my contribution for dinner tonight. I get to bring dessert, sweet potato casserole, corn, and …mashed potatoes. I had peeled the potatoes last night and let them sit in cold water overnight, just like I remember my “Grannie” and mom doing. I boiled them this morning and then got out the electric mixer to beat those potatoes…and as soon as those beaters started to spin, I could remember, “Now don’t add theRead more

…a few thoughts on interruptions…

As I walked across the parking lot on Friday, I felt as tired as I’ve felt in a long time.It was a Long week. A very long week. This little period between Halloween and ThanksGiving with full moons and sugar overloads and assessments and staff changes have gotten the best of yours truly. I am dog tired. Teacher tired. A good friend of mine was walking across the other end of the parking lot…and instead of calling out to her,Read more

…a few thoughts on ‘time out’…

Yesterday after school, I met a friend for coffee. Actually, we never did meet up…but I went, and waited………….. And waited some more…………  I watched a group of runners stretching, and couldn’t help but hear some conversations of some young professionals sitting by me. I saw moms with toddlers in tow and heard their cute little voices and watched as they interacted with others. I sipped my latte and enjoyed every sip and soooo enjoyed the stillness and the quiet.Read more