Ways to Suffer with the Suffering

Russia invaded Ukraine…sending orphans fleeing, tearing families apart, killing, pillaging, and terrifying. The Ukrainians turned, and with fire in their eyes and a roar in their throats, they fought for their lives. Today they are still fighting. The world is watching in horror and anger. For most of us, we see a bully bearing down…

Beach Babes and Beautiful Sunsets

If you know me, you know I love to travel. Its why I started this blog originally, to chronicle my adventures overseas… So I could think of no better way to kick off my half century year than with a travel trip. And of course it had to be out of the country…in the middle…

Happiness During the Holidays

Happy New Year! We are 11 days into the year 2022 as I write. I’m excited but also still in afterglow mode from a fantastic holiday season. We spent the month in concerts, brunches, dinners, company parties, time with family, and trips! Here is the month in pictures… listening to my sister sing like an…

Homeless Hospitality

“Reese, I’m having your kind of adventure today. I need you. I have a homeless lady here and she needs to get to a clinic. Can you come by?” Within an hour, Reese was standing on my porch with a hot meal.

Lessons for the Ride of Life

Our story today begins with a motorcycle accident. While a volunteer in West Africa with the Peace Corps, I learned to ride a bike through the hot sands of the Sahel Desert, the sun shining on my face, my short afro blowing in the wind. Well, not quite that glamorously, but I did ride a…

My Friend’s Fabulous 50th Fiesta

Not everyone has lifelong friends. I have been blessed with several of them. Friends I met while young, free, and naive. Friends that know my teenage tendencies toward a messy dorm room, forgetfulness, a loose tongue, and generosity. Friends that tell tall tales of me getting in trouble during college escapades but who also delight…

Love

Happy Love Day Everyone!!!I know, I know.For all those who disdain a day like today, perhaps I can inspire you to take a second look. Let’s spend the next few minutes celebrating it together. Come into this space, imagine it strewn with rose petals, see the welcoming candle, hear the restful music and notice the…

We Will Grow Again!

I read a devotion recently about growth after something is presumed dead. It made me consider: WE WILL GROW AGAIN! I have experienced some griefs in my lifetime: deeply cherished friendships that ended in harsh, bewildering rejection, the overwhelming and helpless emptiness of wanting and waiting for a husband and family, and most recently, the…

Daddy’s Dogs

Apollo looks at me shyly when I approach the log cabin where my parents live. I call to him from my car and he comes over, a black shadow with intelligent eyes, head down, wagging his tail shyly. His own house sits on the deck facing Watts Bar Lake. There is a torn blanket off…

Living Loved while Living Single

When you’re single, living alone, or stuck in the house more than normal, feeling connected and loved by others can be quite a challenge. I want to share some encouragement with you from a discussion I had with my single women’s group called Wow! Women of Wisdom… Living Loved is living in patience, kindness, perseverance,…

Joy in the Time of Corona

Years ago I watched a film called Love in the Time of Cholera. This movie highlighted the drama that always goes on behind the scenes during times of war, plagues, and uncertainty. Life was still in full-swing in the backdrop of that crisis, as it is in the one we currently face. Now that COVID-19…