I’ve been on the move. I need to settle down. I need to talk about sitting in sorrow. There’s a lot to be said for sitting and observing what’s going on around you, even in tough times. Of course, no one wants to be in an uncomfortable place very long. We want to get away … Continue reading Settle Down
Joie de Vivre!
I’m walking around a parking lot. Thinking. I’ve flown away again. I’ve flown to find piles of hurricane ruin still standing. No roof. No home. A parking lot walk is a good option in this restless place. I walk around my car which is piled high with my personal belongings. They were rescued last … Continue reading Joie de Vivre!
Making Peace with Pain …and moving forward
Precious ones. We cannot park in this world without being punched by pain. Physical or emotional pain is part of passing through this imperfect place. But, guess what? So is joy in the journey. The big question is: Can we make peace with pain and still experience joy in the journey? My answer is: YUP. … Continue reading Making Peace with Pain …and moving forward
Fill ‘er Up.
A wise person told me we won’t have much to give if we don’t fill up every once in a while. This is a story of filling. I wasn’t dressed for a snowy walk. I headed to the post office in leaky rubber clogs and an old tattered sweatshirt. No gloves. I grabbed my … Continue reading Fill ‘er Up.
Sorry I’ve missed you the past few weeks. I’ve been absorbed in salvaging. Webster defines salvaging as: The act of saving something extracted (as from rubbish) as valuable or useful. It seems I’ve been doing a lot of salvaging in the last two years. I’ve relied on God to help me find good stuff … Continue reading Salvaging Life
Gardens settle my heart. When I was forced to move, my wise friend and sister told me, “Laurie you need a place to dig in the dirt.” And so began my therapy. It was a hard deadline. Two barns, a garage, a basement, fifteen rooms, forty-plus years of life had to be vacated . … Continue reading Healing Garden
Feeling Low? Laugh!
Sometimes I watch mindless comedies. I laugh loud and hard at the jokes. Good thing I’m alone. My guffaws fill the room. “Laugh” is number seven on my Top Ten Tips for Coping. Please embrace laughter in your day. My daughter buddies are quick to laugh. Silliness can saturate their room. Their giggles are … Continue reading Feeling Low? Laugh!
Top Ten Tips on Coping! #6 Write!
✅ Worried? ✅ Worn out? ✅ Write it down! Write is number six on my Top Ten List for Coping. I write a lot. In 1963 when I was 7, my Grandad handed me a little General Electric notebook. It was a tiny, bound datebook, an early advertising give-away. To me...it was a treasure. I … Continue reading Top Ten Tips on Coping! #6 Write!
Looking Beyond Loss
I’ve got pretty good vision, but I’ve been having trouble seeing lately. There’s a drape of confusion and pain covering stuff around me and, I have to admit, it’s hard for me to see beyond my loss. God’s patient with me, though. He’ll help me figure it out. God will help you figure … Continue reading Looking Beyond Loss
Don’t Worry: Walk!
Sometimes I walk a windswept beach. An orange ball dips. Golden light settles on the horizon. Sunset prize over, other beach walkers move back inside. I’m alone. I walk and let the dark shore cloak me. Peace pulls at my toes. Weary waves sing me home. Sometimes I walk down 21 stairsteps to a mosaic … Continue reading Don’t Worry: Walk!