Category: Inspiration

Little Lights in the Darkness

As the daylight recedes in Michigan, I find myself plugging in the little grapevine lights above my window. During the summer months and the long lighted days, the lights are a waste of electricity. I get up with daylight and go to bed most… Continue Reading “Little Lights in the Darkness”

Becoming Untethered

Tuesday is my last day at Whirlpool. I accepted a Voluntary Retirement Package about 5 weeks ago, and it’s been a bit of an emotional journey. There were days that I was excited. There were days where I questioned my decision. I had a… Continue Reading “Becoming Untethered”

Leaving My Comfort Zone

One of my girlfriends is learning to teach virtually. She has taught face-to-face classes for her entire career, so this is no small task. The technology is daunting and feels really clunky. “I keep messing up,” she said with frustration. The content and activities… Continue Reading “Leaving My Comfort Zone”

Percolating….

Sunday I ventured into the world to get some sunshine and blue skies on a beautiful 70-degree day. One of my favorite little beach towns is Ottawa Beach, home of Holland State Park and the Big Red Lighthouse. A boardwalk meanders beside Lake Macatawa… Continue Reading “Percolating….”

The Practices of Healing

I feel like writing but I don’t really know what to write about. Maybe if I just start, I’ll finish. It is the practice, after all, that makes for a habit. It’s not the skill. A guy I talked to the other day kept… Continue Reading “The Practices of Healing”

The Art of the Comeback: Resilience

Shania Twain is on the cover of AARP this month. Yes, I’m a member, and, yes, I read the magazine. I hadn’t known what happened to her, but I certainly remember her meteoric rise in country music and can sing several of her toe-tapping,… Continue Reading “The Art of the Comeback: Resilience”

A Meaningless Life

“Read Ecclesiastes,” my friend said. “or as much of it as you can take. The message: Everything is meaningless. For me, that’s it. Full Stop.” So I read Ecclesiastes – or as much as I could take. I didn’t remember this chapter from my… Continue Reading “A Meaningless Life”

The End of a Decade

We are coming up to the end of the year which is wonderful reflective time, but we are also coming up to the end of a decade. This morning I was trying to recollect where I was at the beginning of this decade and… Continue Reading “The End of a Decade”

Jolene, Soak Me in My Fear

“Does it seem to you that everybody is angry these days?” a friend from back home asked me on Snapchat. “Yes, they are,” I said. But I told him I had learned that anger is a secondary emotion. It’s the more powerful and confident… Continue Reading “Jolene, Soak Me in My Fear”

Why Are We Lonely? #endloneliness

My friend Bonnie posted a link on Facebook that contained an image of a letter a 90-year-old woman wrote to a neighbor. She asked her if she would be her friend. All of her friends had died, and she was very lonely. It reminded… Continue Reading “Why Are We Lonely? #endloneliness”

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