On Turning 40, Loss, and Moving On

  Something about turning 40 makes one reflective. This seems like one of those milestone birthdays where something important is supposed to happen. In all honesty, I was hoping for something great. Instead, 16 days before the big day, I opened an e-mail from my agent in the teacher’s lounge one awful Monday afternoon. I was waiting to hear back about a couple of [...]

World Blog Book Tour

Thank you, Elizabeth Van Liere, for inviting me to participate in the World Blog Book Tour. Elizabeth Van Liere is the author of Dare to Live: Devotions for Those Over the Hill, But Not Under It! Elizabeth’s articles, poems, children’s stories and devotions have appeared in periodicals for some sixty years. Dare to Live is her first book. Her second book, Laugh. [...]

Cliché Photography

I read someone's post on Instagram which stated the biggest cliché  in photography are sunrise and sunset photos. As a photographer I wondered about this statement. I thought about all the photographs that have ever been taken. Photographs taken by masters of photography, like those of Ansel Adam's photographs of the American wilderness or Clyde Butcher's photographs capturing the beauty of the Florida Everglades. I thought about all [...]

To Think I Found It In Goodwill

My latest thrift store stop has to be one of my favorites. I spent the afternoon with a friend at Goodwill. We looked at pants and shirts and skirts and talked up and down the aisles. I found an amazing Christmas sweater vest with candy canes and sequins. I managed to leave it behind for a happy ugly-sweater-loving person. I [...]