Friday, September 21, 2018


As I walked the dogs this week, I saw promise, a promise of fall waiting patiently for summer to leave.

I am waiting as well, not so patiently, but waiting for my favorite season of the year and all that she brings.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


Sharing a quote with you tonight.

"If you are a gifted person, it doesn't mean that you gained something.  It means you have something to give back."

-Carl Jung

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Dental Excitement

I have never been excited about going to the dentist.  ( sorry to all you dentists out there)  I had nasty experiences with dentists when I was a child and what can I say, my body or mind never forgot.
But about 10 months ago, one of my front teeth broke, it was a crown on a root canal.  Best/worst case scenario I went with an implant.  I have worn a flipper for the past ten months.  It has been a learning experience especially when I sing or teach for several hours.

This morning I was excited.  My implant was ready to be screwed into its permanent home, my mouth.  I got to the dentist office, sat in the chair, not nervous for the first time ever.  My dentist came in and got ready to do the deed.  I heard him take a deep breath, and then he said I am so sorry to disappoint seems the color match was not what it should be.  I am glad my dentist is such a stickler for detail, and in the scheme of things waiting another week is not so bad.

I laughed on the way home.  For the first time in my 66 years of living I was excited about a trip to the dentist office.  Wow.  And you know what, I can't wait until next week.

Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Sinus crud is better today.  I went to work.  As I was leaving this evening I noticed dark clouds gathering toward home.  It was so hot as I walked across the parking lot, I was hoping for rain.
About a mile down the road there was a gentle sprinkle.  As I continued to drive homeward, the drops were bigger and more plentiful.  Soon as my grandmother Mamie used to say, we were getting a good little shower.  About five miles from home the sun came out, the rain disappeared.  I was grateful anyway.  The air smelled great and for a few minutes the earth was clean and fresh...and cooler.
I considered that good little shower a gift. 

I am a firm believer in grateful.  Gratitude is life changing.  When we begin to be grateful for the small things, big things follow.  And with gratitude comes joy.  So if you want some joy in your life, start being grateful.  Throughout my day, I make gratitude lists in my head.  I tell my students to think of one thing every morning to be grateful for.  Pretty soon, you will think of many things to be grateful for.  Sometimes I tell them to keep a gratitude journal.  Start with three things and every day write down three things, in a couple of weeks, write five down and pretty soon, those five will multiply.  I promise the gratitude for the small will bring the big and any gratitude will bring joy.

Tomorrow is hump day, think of one thing to be grateful for when you wake up.  Before you go to bed tomorrow night, think of three things.  And in between, be kind.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Nature's Composition

I didn't work today.  I made a feeble attempt to walk the dogs this morning, and though I only walked a few minutes I found a gift on the road in front of the house.  This beautiful leaf in an extraordinary composition greeted me as I made my way to the house.  Nature's Perfection.

The sinus gunk grabbed me and did not let go today.  I saw the urgent care doc and got some treatment.  I am much better tonight.

I hope your week started better than mine.  Share some kindness, give a little love, and be grateful.
The sun brings a new day tomorrow.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Hanging by a Thread

Walking the dogs this morning there were spider webs everywhere.  Nothing will make me dance faster, jump higher, scream louder than spider webs in the face.  That is the down side to the coming of fall, spider webs, everywhere.

As I rounded a bend in the path, I saw this beautiful amber and gold leaf that seemed to be dangling in mid-air.  The sun light made it glisten and the breeze spun it like a pin wheel.  I laughed when I got closer, the leaf was hanging by a thread from a spider's web.  But it was a beautiful sight.

Saturday, September 15, 2018


An update on the giant fungi, it continues to evolve.  I have noticed a tree in the hollow between our house and my brother's that seems to be consumed with this giant as well.  Maybe it's some kind of weird alien.  :)

It's a 100 degrees here today, hot and humid.  We are all rather wilted.

I hope your Sunday brings peace, hope and joy.