Dawn to Dusk

(a response piece to Robert Frost's "Nothing Gold Can Stay") My day was starting whenever the famous line fluttered around my head: "dawn goes down to day / nothing gold can stay." And in the flash of an instant, I realized this valuable lesson: day will always give to dusk, and dusk will always give... Continue Reading →


22 things I have learned in my life thus far: 1. Life is beautiful. 2. Life is ugly. 3. Family is important, so cherish it. 4. Take care of yourself--eat well, exercise, get some needed rest. For when you cover the basics, you'd be surprised at how great you will feel and how much you... Continue Reading →

The Elder and the Young Man

Can I give you an outsider's view? I just happened to look up at the right moment, as I always do-- and there they were. A young man squatted down on one side of the wooden table, facing an older man sitting down on the other side. I'm sure no one else took notice. Sure... Continue Reading →


is something I aim to be, but often am not. It's the difference between lounging in my sun-lit room in the evening and the day of work when chaos and anxiety reigned in my bones. And I hate-- absolutely deplore, really-- the fact that calm recedes like the waning tide and my stress comes out... Continue Reading →


Maybe I give, and I give, and I give until I have nothing to give away . . . and maybe that makes me a great person to others and a bad person to myself, but I can't help the satisfaction of feeling needed, of giving so I can make the lives of others easier.... Continue Reading →


Words and music notes. That's who I am yet there is deafening sil- . A bundle of chords and emotions, knots of words and thoughts ending in a long pause . . . at rest. Ironic that they make me feel weary, not well-rested. If you could read my mind, would you flee? If you... Continue Reading →

Love (Wine)

Was anyone ever going to tell me that love was messy? For the better part of my life, I thought love was a guaranteed Cinderella fantasy, complete with a Prince Charming dressed handsomely in a black tux who cries as he watches you walk down the aisle on the very day you have dreamed of... Continue Reading →

Unconditional Love

He is the sunshine of my day. He wakes me up and watches over me at night. His faithful love protects me always. He stirs the Holy Spirit within me. He keeps me safe though a 1,000 fall on one side and 10,000 on the other. His righteousness watches over me. He knit me in... Continue Reading →

Laundry Detergent

I am low on laundry detergent right now. That's it--that's the punchline. But really it's a metaphor for how the past couple of days, I've been low on energy. Tired. Emotional. Overwhelmed. Overthinking. Anxious. Things that are never a good combination. Things that make being low on laundry detergent seem like a dramatic flare to... Continue Reading →

Mountain and Valley Days

If there's anything I've learned in life thus far, it's that things sometimes have to get messy before they become beautiful. Dirty rooms have to become even dirtier--clothes and objects strewn across the floor in order to dust off furniture, beds stripped to their bare mattresses to wash sheets, items tucked away into closets so... Continue Reading →

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