Self-Health
January 04, 2018
It’s something we women dread doing with a passion. I hate it even worse than a gynecology appointment. I think about it and then quickly find another task to steer my mind away from it, if only for a while. Usually women succumb to it’s calling twice a year, or in my case, once a year. But this creature eventually grows into to such a dreadful stat...
December 11, 2017
Yes, you read correctly. There’s no typo in the above title. This is the time of year in which many of us do some serious soul searching about our beliefs, our life, and our relationship with others. Yours truly included. Holiday stress causes many of us to tune in more to our feelings than our faith. Anxiety rules over reason and we tend to overcompe...
November 16, 2017
The news has been recently full of sexual misconduct and allegations related to Hollywood moguls as well as politicians. What most have known has been going on for years, has finally been brought into the light. HOWEVER, (and please hold your anger until I finish my thoughts) I have to really question the thought process of some of these women. Sexual a...
October 13, 2017
Anyone that reads my blog knows I love music. Whether it’s country, classical, or a soft rock ballad that instantly takes me back to that first heartbreak, music has served as a powerful tool in my life. Every since the band Sleeping at Last debuted the song, “I’ll Keep You Safe,” I knew I’d eventually apply those lyrics to my children. You ca...
August 27, 2017
This is a tough time of year for many parents. Personally, this pivotal time came much quicker than I’d anticipated. Sure, my husband and I had dreamt about it, prayed for it and yet now that it’s here, I’m left with great melancholy. As I type this post, I’m sitting on a plane, en route to Florence, KY, where I’ll have lunch with my o...
The basics....
July 25, 2017
I’ll be the first to come clean: I’m the world’s worst at building up something in my little brain, only to be disappointed in the end. As an artist, I’ll envision some grand creation in my mind and how stunning it will look upon completion. Sure, I make the quest to Hobby Lobby or an art shop and purchase said materials, only to get performance...
July 05, 2017
I’ve replayed it over in my mind hundreds of times. Even though I was only nine or ten when it happened, I can still vividly remember the siren, the lights, the confusion… I loved to swim. Still do. I was a lifeguard during my teens and some of my fondest memories were at the local swimming pool hanging out with friends. But during the 70’...
June 27, 2017
​On the morning I turned 51, I gazed into the mirror and didn’t like what I saw. Although I’d earned every single wrinkle, stretch mark and age spot that glared back at me, it didn’t mean that I’d embraced it.
June 27, 2017
As for that in the good soil, they are those who, hearing the word, hold it fast in an honest and good heart, and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:15 When I lived in Kentucky, our family would get so excited when the fruit stand finally received it’s shipment of fresh Georgia peaches. Memories still linger of sleepovers at my cousin Carolyn’s and...
June 17, 2017
Fatherhood and Floyd’s Barbershop: A Lesson Learned I’m willing to wager a big ol’ southern pecan pie that a huge majority of my readers know exactly what TV show I’m referring to in the title of this post. In fact, I have a few close friends with whom I love playing trivia quizzes regarding The Andy Griffith Show. We have great fun in tr...
June 04, 2017
Let’s just put the “D” word out there and get it over with: DIVORCE. The horrific act that millions of couples endure or have had to endure, including yours truly. I have friends going through divorce now, have read about nasty ones on the news, and remember speaking with heartbroken students who felt shattered, saddened, and torn between two hous...
Carolyn and I at Christmas.. She made sure I always had a reason to smile and give thanks.
May 23, 2017
It’s taken me close to a year to write this one blog post. Over. Three. Hundred. Long. Days. Oh I’ve tried, don’t get me wrong. And yet every time I’ve attempted to hammer out the first sentence, the tears fly, mascara burns my eyes and I turn into a blubbering emotional mess who wonders if her Prozac is really just a placebo. (Yes ladies, it’...
My mother, June, and I. She always knows how to make things fun.....most of the time:)
May 12, 2017
Yes, you read the title correctly. Last Autumn, when this blog was launched, I excitedly outlined in my menopausal brain what my most flowery, beautiful posts might be for the entire year: the background of why I moved to New Mexico, the majesty of the purple mountains I gazed upon every morning, my struggle as an empty nester, the deep symbolism of the...
January 30, 2017
​“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am str...
November 18, 2016
Several years ago a close friend jokingly told me that her family put the “D” in the word “dysfunctional.” Little did I know that in just a few years I’d feel that my family was also in the running, especially since the holiday season was fast approaching and with great trepidation. It seems more than ever that family tensions go through the r...
November 10, 2016
As a female, wife, mom, and children’s author, I’ve been asked on several fronts my thoughts on the election. While I’ve tried to remain quiet and just say, “it is what it is and America has to move forward,” I decided to finally share my thoughts, as some of the comments I read on social media are quite troubling. I love this country. Hec...
August 31, 2016
A waitress asked that simple question during my first visit to Santa Fe years ago. Being from the Southeast, I was clueless.
August 28, 2016
Let’s just put it out there: This post will be a little controversial. Oh well. I’ve yet to read a blog in which the readers are in 100% agreement. And when it comes to our middle-age bodies and matters of the heart, feathers are bound to get ruffled. But it’s high time someone addresses a topic that will ultimately affect all of my female rea...
August 08, 2016
This section goes a bit beyond self-help. I like to think of it as a source to turn to when you need a cheerleader in your corner. Be prepared to hear from me repeatedly that you ARE WORTH IT!
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