If You Had Asked Me – A Retrospective

A YEAR AGO last month, I was celebrating the loss of 30 unwanted pounds and embarking on a bicycle tour of the Coeur d’Alene trail in Idaho. My heart was filled with gratitude, the world was wide open, and anything — truly, anything! — seemed possible. During the tour, my […]

A Poet’s Corona Journal – by Donna DeWeerd 12

Poems of Solitude March, 2020 The crown virus is king today. Its implications? Solitude and self-reflection. Who will I be through this crisis? Which “self” will control the uncontrollable? Go to the center and ask the spirit’s nucleus — what shall I learn? Clarity will always be paid for by […]

Silver Linings – Guest Post by Barbara Toboni 11

WHEN I’M FEELING LOW, I write. When I’m feeling anxious about circumstances that are beyond my control, journaling helps me to clarify my thoughts and process what is happening. This pandemic is an enigma for the ages. My age, my times. I wanted to record my feelings about it. January […]

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My Personal Pandemic – Guest Post by Jeanie Miller 15

THIS MORNING, I was happily nosing around in the back yard, checking to see if my latest veggie plantings were thriving or if everything was watered sufficiently. I even potted a flowering plant in a pot I decorated myself — with mosaic tiles (a ten-year project). As I moved the […]

Rendered Speechless 7

THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY to escape a pandemic. You can shelter in place, go nowhere, see no one, exercise indoors. You can catch up on home-improvement projects, learn how to cook, start painting, read that pile of books that’s been gathering dust on your nightstand. You can finally write […]

The Freedom We Fight For 5

THIS IS A MEMORIAL DAY like no other in the history of Memorial Days. And it seems fitting on this day when we honor those who have given their lives for the cause of freedom, to ask the question, “What is the freedom we fight for?” It might seem like […]