2018 is barely through month two, the second month, the one with the fewest days but the shortest tempers. In Northern New England we all get a bit grumpy in February, because its still winter. The snow becomes ice, the ice becomes rain and mud and we know that it will be two more months […]
When every word counts…
Every spare moment these days I am editing: playing with words on the page, selecting phrases, deleting paragraphs, disentangling dialogue and aiming for the ultimate goal of a completed novel. In November 2016, while at a writing retreat I was invited to participate in a national contest called Pitch Week. I jumped in with an […]
I Dedicate My Yoga Session To You…
Saturday mornings my husband and I go to yoga class. An hour of stretching, breathing, waking up our bodies, minds and spirits. Almost every morning that we attend I lay in bed at 7am and think, “its so warm under the covers” and contemplate rejecting the whole plan. As winter has progressed, the days colder […]
Words of marital wisdom for my friend’s daughter…
Twenty-two years of marriage has earned me a place at the table of a bride-to-be. In lieu of a bridal shower she has asked for five women with years of marital experience to share our sage advice with her. Presumably we all have stuck through our relationships because we are still in love, we […]
Living the 2nd UU Principle in a world filled with fear, hatred and violence.
I shared this at my Unitarian Universalist Fellowship November 8, 2015. It created a robust conversation about shared responsibility, compassion and community. Opening Words: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “By our silence, by our willingness to compromise principle… by our readiness to allow arms to be purchased at will and fired at whim, […]
Beneath the blanket of anger.
She looked twenty years older than her true age. Was it because she had a difficult life? Because she was a mother of three young children? That’s what I thought when I first met her. I knocked on the screen door, with the rusty handle, and the woman who answered, “Marie”, pushed open the door […]
Walking in the cultural kitchen of friendship
“What do you miss most about Thailand?” I ask Lek as we drive home from campus one afternoon. The quiet moments in the long drive to my daughter’s high school keep me peppering our guest with questions of his homeland. We talk about similarities and differences between the schools in Vermont versus his school in […]