Tag: grief

Beauty on the hour

“Maggie, your sparkly shirt looks so pretty this morning.” She climbed over the chest at the end of our bed, the morning sun reflecting off the sequins on her pink t-shirt. Her face beamed slightly, disguising a little smile. “YOU look so pretty this… Continue Reading “Beauty on the hour”

Re-everything

Today I was talking to a recovery friend about the value of sponsorship. While listening to her talk, I realized (again) something valuable about sponsoring others in recovery. When I sponsor (and you can apply this to mentoring others, too), I’m afforded the opportunity… Continue Reading “Re-everything”

More than peace & quiet

A few years ago I selected “placid” as a focus word. Each year, rather than writing New Year’s resolutions (which I have never been fantastic at keeping), I select a word as a focal point. Sometimes the word serves as a catalyst. Other times… Continue Reading “More than peace & quiet”

How to move

I woke up humming a tune. “Whippoorwills in the willows…” I love that little song. It takes me back to a sweet time in my life when I had fewer cares and responsibilities, a time when love enveloped me like the warm comforter I… Continue Reading “How to move”

#bestprobs

Let me give you guys a quick snapshot of my life right now. I’m wrapping up my position as a full-time faculty member at a community college, grading finals like a demon while saying plenty of sad goodbyes to colleagues and students. I receive… Continue Reading “#bestprobs”

Counterweight

I pulled into the driveway of my close friend’s small brick house one autumn afternoon, the air thick and humid, stuck in transition from summer heat. She wasn’t home, but her neighbors’ kids ran and yelled at one another in the front yard next door,… Continue Reading “Counterweight”

Why gratitude?

I asked my Composition II students to write a brief essay explaining their motives for expressing gratitude and offering at least one example of a moment when gratitude was expressed to them or when they chose to express gratitude to someone else. This essay was… Continue Reading “Why gratitude?”

The Ravine

*The following essay was written by one of my students, Samantha Jones, in English Composition I about a place of significance. While this essay is not in letter format, it does pay homage to the memories of her childhood and her sister. For that… Continue Reading “The Ravine”

God sent me a kitten

Big thanks to Debra Dickey for serving as today’s guest contributor and for another kitten post! I didn’t know it yet, but He was creating, protecting, and instilling a spirit of trust into the sweetest, funniest, prettiest little long-haired yellow kitten that I have… Continue Reading “God sent me a kitten”

My mother’s Bible

*Thank you, Lorie Mink, for sharing your reflections and gratitude in this post.* While searching my closet for a pair of slippers, I came across my mother’s Bible. It’s been sitting on the shelf since we moved in the house three years ago. And… Continue Reading “My mother’s Bible”

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