Coddiwomple

(verb) to travel in a purposeful manner towards a vague destination A friend sent me this word last week, a word she had stumbled upon quite serendipitiously. We are preparing for a short road trip, both of us knowing, yet not knowing, where and how we will be traveling, just knowing we need to. We’veContinue reading “Coddiwomple”

Dignity: worthy of honor

As we witness the closure of this season’s magnolia blossoms, I am reminded of one of my favorite movies, Steel Magnolias. The title borrows a term that means both femininity and fortitude, a depiction of its characters and of the word “Dignity,” meaning worthy of honor. I mention Steel Magnolias in my book in “ContemplationContinue reading “Dignity: worthy of honor”

Awareness Leads to Prevention

Did you know? Every 98 seconds an American is sexually assaulted. 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 5 boys will be sexually abused before the age of 18. 1 in 5 children who touches a computer will be sexually solicited online. 45% of child victims will not disclose abuse for 5 or more years.Continue reading “Awareness Leads to Prevention”

My 30-day Challenge

So, I decided if we are now on a 30-day lock down, that I would make the best of it (focus on the cans, not the cannots) and work through a 30-day challenge, starting today. I decided to focus on four areas: reading, writing, cleaning/organizing, and self-care. Maybe you’d like to join me in yourContinue reading “My 30-day Challenge”

I Wonder…

I recently watched Crown Heights, a drama based on the true story of Colin Warner who was convicted of a murder he did not commit, resulting in 21 years behind bars, 21 years of horrific injustice, 21 years of a changed life. The story is also (and equally) about his best friend, Carl King, whoContinue reading “I Wonder…”

Welcome to February

February and valentines are like Bonnie and Clyde. For better or worse, they go hand-in-hand, ‘til death do them part. As clichéd as this partnership is, I must give proper attention to it if I want to truly engage in February. Dr. Ruth Westheimer, “The Sex Doctor” Like most I suspect, I wasn’t trained inContinue reading “Welcome to February”

Falling Upward

It’s officially fall, so what better time than now, to “fall upward.” This is the title of a Richard Rohr book I’m reading. I highlighted nearly everything in it. I plan to host a book study to dig further into his words. But for today, here are a few colorful nuggets to ponder: *** FarContinue reading “Falling Upward”

Words to Live By

I pay attention to words more than ever. Not because I know them well. On the contrary. But because little words trip us up in big ways.  Take the word “fence” for example. I once used this word in a story, only to confuse a fellow writer. She, having grown up in New York City,Continue reading “Words to Live By”

Purpose in Our Pieces

“This is a powerful place, when we can find purpose in our pieces, in our imperfect lives. It’s a place that I think Pat Conroy portrays beautifully in the movie rendition of his memoir The Water is Wide.” –Momentous Living

Success vs. Significance

“The key to realizing a dream is to focus not on success but on significance–and then even the small steps and little victories along your path will take on greater meaning.” –Oprah Winfrey

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