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
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!
✅ 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!
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
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!
✅ I’ve always jokingly referred to myself as a cracked pot ✅ Little did I know I’d be shattered ✅ For the past two years, I’ve dealt with the cold, cruel chaos of trauma. ✅ Some of you know...some of you don’t...My love of 40 years chose to walk away from our marriage . … Continue reading Cracked to Shattered…and Back Again
I’ve always been a performer, but not a cheerleader. I was a short little nerdy girl in high school so I gravitated to the stage...not the cheer squad. . I guess I’m a cheerleader at heart, however. Years ago, when I created my one-woman show, “Confessions of a Type A Lady,” I incorporated a … Continue reading Cheering You On
“Of course we’re canceling rehearsals on Valentine’s Day.” He shouted this out flippantly. All the couples in the room laughed a ‘why of course’ laugh and went about their busyness . I stood in my self-made circle, swallowing hard. Quick, drink some water. Pain washed through me with the water. I smiled and nodded … Continue reading It’s gonna be OK
Two things come in waves: ✅ Grief ✅ Healing I often walk the waves. Maybe it’s because of the grief. Life literally pulled the rug out from under my feet. I’ve lost my dream and it will not be coming back. Grief is inevitable. So...I walk. The cold stinging wash wakes me up. The motion … Continue reading Grief and Healing Come in Waves
Even the hard times are not wasted. I’m learning about farming. As I noted in my last article, corn becomes useful when leaves are dried out and heads are bowed. We can be useful when our heads are bowed, too. Today I survey more fall fields. Harvesters still rumble . Fields of husks, stubble and … Continue reading The Remains