JANUARY 19, 2009 1:48PM

Sitting here thinking of.......

I wrote this poem over 15 years ago.  It was a fictional poem about where my life would probably be decades into the future.   I wanted to share it anyway with someone who may have lost a loved one.


 Sometimes whe… Read full post »

 Just Pamela’s post, “OS Bloggers: What’s in  your future?” was a very powerful and personal reminder that we are in large part responsible for our own successes, failures, near-misses, joys and sometimes sadness.  At the same time I believe in the existence ofRead full post »

JANUARY 13, 2009 2:47PM

Post your favorite bumper sticker!

As a captive audience in the private hell of rush hour traffic, I am wont to amuse myself by reading bumper stickers on extreeeeeeeeemly slow cars in front of me.

 Living in a republican stronghold, the majority are for republican candidates.  As an act of defiance, some from the skoal set… Read full post »

JANUARY 10, 2009 8:32AM

Romancing the Stone (Castles!)


                                Loire Map

Have you ever wanted to visit a romantic, centuries-old castle in France?   There’s something very ethereal about taking a walk back in time when life waRead full post »

Tina was 13 chronologically, but much worldly and wiser than her years would betray.  She spoke with such authority and confidence that you would have to remind yourself that you were talking to a child who happened to be.....carrying a child. 

Tina was my roommate at the home and hospital… Read full post »



salvation army


Not everyone who came here wanted to forget the past.  Some simply wanted a support system for whatever decision that they eventually made because there was nothing or no one at home to give it to them.  They needed someplace to go to think about why they believe…

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DECEMBER 31, 2008 9:21PM

Pictures of my Garden Sanctuary

At Nanatehay's suggestion, I am posting pictures (too many!) of the place that I seek refuge from the everyday strains and pressures of life: My Garden.   I've been gardening for a few years which is strange since I used to hate helping my dad with his flowers as a kid.  … Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2008 1:30PM

Renee's 25

I’m a hopeless romantic.  I believe that there is someone for everyone….problem is most of the time, they never meet.

I love to travel, but I detest cruising….on the… Read full post »


Despite its catchy, tango-inspired tune, Jazmin Sullivan's ode to broken relationships could really be a cry for help.  Sure, it's pretty amusing on the surface until you realize that some people actually do things like this in real life!  Still such provocative lyrics are… Read full post »

DECEMBER 1, 2008 10:26AM

The Lost Art of Dating

Guide to dating


 I’d been casually talking to a Jamaican fellow who at the age of 45 is five years my junior.  He seemed nice enough and when I mentioned that I would be going to the Caribbean on a cruise, he actually said “Don’t come back pregnant.  Those island men… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 29, 2008 12:27AM

My own best company

I was one of those shy girls who found companionship in her books.  There were no Saturday night dates since I wasn't allowed to date until I was 16 nor endless gabbing on the phone with girlfriends since I was intimidated by most of them. 

I was the textbook definition… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 20, 2008 8:15AM

101 Words: My nuclear family

There had always been a persistent longing to leave the place of my birth. 


I’d never felt a part of my family of origin and sometimes questioned if there were any real blood ties between us.


I felt more like a barely tolerated… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 6, 2008 9:48AM

Stay Gold, Barack!


“Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
so dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay."--Robert Frost 


This poem which is prominently featured in one of my favorite… Read full post »

OCTOBER 28, 2008 11:47AM

Born Suspect

Apparently, I never got the memo.  Surely, my face must be plastered all over our local post office or perhaps I’m the featured attraction on the board of my county sheriff’s office.  Odd thing is…..no one ever told me.  The only hint that I have that this must be th… Read full post »

OCTOBER 23, 2008 4:25PM

Shuffling The Race Card

I wish someone would explain to me why I'm always asked if I am voting for Barack because he's a black man.   I've voted since 1976 and up to now, I've always voted for white guys for president (thankfully, I had a wide range of vanilla hues to pick from). … Read full post »