Dancing With Butterflies;The Day I Went AWOL

If you know me or have ever read anything I write, you know that people often respond to the things that I say or do with phrases like “that is just crazy”, “really didn’t think that through, did you?”, and the most common response of all, “I would never do that”. I don’t try to…

Talking to Yourself Out Loud

I can carry on a conversation in my mind for twelve, solid hours on a solo road trip. This is not the kind of conversation where I am anxious or angry, and dwelling on something. (As if I could stay on one topic for more than three minutes)  These are fun and engaging conversations, where…

The Absurdity of Policing the past with Today’s Values

Issues such as slavery, racism, women’s rights, and other injustices, have become defining controversies of our nation, and for some, are causing conflicting emotions concerning our origins as a nation. Does it escape us that these things existed long before the forming of this nation? They are the very issues that our founding fathers were…

Polarization and the Unpopular Position of Balance

Polarization is overtaking us as a people who were once diverse. You cannot turn on an electronic device or happen upon a conversation in a coffee shop, and not realize that the issue of national polarization is worsening. We all know this. We are all talking about it. We all hold in the back of…

Bloom Big

I am addicted to gathering information about vacations, Alaska, ocean front property, antique commercial buildings, sailboats, and so many other escapist activities. I have spread sheets, shopping lists, and cost comparisons. (Don’t ask me to be that organized with my actual life) I think of this fantasy world as wise planning. In case I suddenly…

Saying “No” to the Dress

    More and more young women are saying “no” to the dress and “no” to being a bridesmaid because of the cost of not only buying the dress, but destination brunches, travel, and other expenses associated with being a bridesmaid. I have hoped that the current trends for wedding parties, specifically bridesmaids, would come back…