Girl Trippin’

Have you ever taken a girls’ trip? Try it sometime! There is nothing like traveling to bring out the best (and the worst) in people! You find out who is like sunshine in the morning, who is a bit selfish with the bathroom or inflexible when it comes to trying something new, who can go…

On the Road to Rome, Georgia

Last weekend I met with the lovely ladies of Fellowship Baptist Church of Rome.  Over lunch, I shared my story with them through pictures as we munched on delicious Italian pasta and salad. They were lively, warm, and friendly. And they made my day. What also made my day was the drive deep into the…

Its Not Just Snitches Who Get Stitches!

So, what had happened was… I was getting rid of a glass table top from my dining room a couple weeks ago.  I dragged it from my garage and propped it up against my fence, then called the city to come get it along with the base. The city quickly told me they would pick…

Buon Giorno!

One of my great friends, Georgia, called me to come back to Italy after our first tour there four years ago. I worked there as a Military Family Life Counselor (MFLC) for several months that year. It was a time of weekend travel to vineyards, trips to the rocky coast, Pompeii, and Rome. I accepted…

Roomies!

I love living alone. I get to run around the house  in my favorite brown suit (it fits me perfectly!), mop the floor if I wake up in the middle of the night, or just come home after a long day of talking, kick my soggy socks off and leave them in the middle of…

First Friendsgiving

    The careening caravan of “ThanksChrsmasNewYerKwanzHanuk” holidaytime is supposed to be a fun, party-filled, family hugging, laughter and singing train ride (whoowhoo!) , but  it can feel more like a bruising train wreck for those of us bumping along without a spouse, significant other, or who have just gone through the loss of a loved…

The Wonders of Oaxaca, (Wa-HA-ka) Mexico

  Buckner International/Shoes for Orphan Souls What a privilege it was to travel to southern Mexico to help distribute shoes to children there who participate in Buckner’s Family Hope Centers! Buckner International began with a minister from Tennessee whose heart was moved to compassion for the many orphans he saw after the Civil War. He…

The Soul Remains: Lessons I’ve Learned From My Daddy

My father is a tall,lean man with an easy, gentle walk. He rubs his whiskers across my face and laughs. When he talks, he talks…. and talks… and I listen in… My father has taught me many things throughout the course of my life–how to run from a headless chicken, how to clean a fresh-caught…

Spontaneous Staycation

I came to St. Francis Cottage full of the weariness of the entire week stuffed into my invisible back pack. I began to look forward to my spontaneous staycation  the moment I left work. After I made my reservations, I hurried home to grab a few items to toss into my real overnight bag, and…

Travel interrupted

Where in the world am I? Home sweet home again! Travel Interrupted…For the last 3 ½ years I have enjoyed traveling the world for work. I had a dream job. I worked on various military bases in Germany, Italy, England, and the Caribbean and traveled to various places in between. Through a series of unexpected…

Big Mama’s Reading Room and other events….

Big Mama’s Reading Room My Big Mama was a woman with a very large personality, among other things. She was my maternal grandmother, and she loved to cook pound cakes, go to club meetings, wear big hats, and count money. She was proud of being full-figured, and when she needed help getting her “girls” into her large…

GITMO

During my first month on “the Island” I decided I needed to get my captain’s license. This meant that I would learn to drive a boat and could then rent them from the marina. I imagined myself sailing elegantly thru the waters, the wind whipping my Afro gently around my bronzed face, my sunglasses making…