Believing the Best In Others

 

 

What we believe about others is often who they will become.  

And believing the best is tough work, isn’t it? If you’ve lived any length of time, then you know that observation of human behavior has…

The Unlearning

 

Everyday, I try to ask myself this question: “What are you learning today?” 

I want to live fully awake and not lulled to sleep by the monotony of life and daily routines. To stop learning is…

Relationships Are Messy

 

 

Relationships are a lot of work, messy and complicated. Sometimes it’s easier to retreat and withdraw than to show up. Let’s be honest, it takes courage, grace and a lot of humility to show up some days. 

September's Song

 

I love Fall in Ohio. Even if it means the flowers I've enjoyed looking at through my back window all summer start to droop a little more each day. Their blossoms fall away and give way to crunchy…

On Toads and Stolen Innocence

 

His appearance was intimidating. Not that I’m the type that ever judges by appearance (sarcasm noted). His face was covered with tattoos and even more permanent than the ink was his scowled expression. The state issued prison uniform…

Crushed Diamonds

There was a time in my life when today was one of the hardest days of the year. I was 100 miles from home (felt more like a thousand) in a remote area of Ohio, surrounded by double razor wire…

The Whole Universe Should Know

Recently I read of the tragic suicide of someone I once knew and the story behind her pain. 

8 years ago I met her during a low point in both of our lives. It was our one thing…

Why Failure Is Important



I have never really been into sports. I’ve tried. But it’s just not my thing. That was until my middle son began his first year of wrestling. It’s an intense sport. Suddenly, I became that mom that is on my…

Today Is All You Have

I always find myself more pensive than usual on New Year’s Eve. I say more so than usual because I tend to ponder and over think most everything. But on this particular day of the year, I experience a heightened…

The Poverty of Loneliness

"The most terrible poverty is loneliness and the feeling of being unloved."  ~Mother Teresa
 

 

I recently stood at the bedside of someone who was dying. Just moments before, I stood in the door way hesitant to go…

Bleeding Unaware

 

It is entirely possible to go through life bleeding and unaware. I learned this once on a jog through my old neighborhood. 7 years had passed since I last saw the house that held so many memories that…

The Fragile Mask I Hide Behind

When I was a little girl, I dreamt of what I would be when I grew up. A mom. Of 3 children. And why 3, as if this were the magical number, I don't know. I also wanted to be…