Still Here

Yeah I’m still here. My loved ones are still here. The virus is still here. It doesn’t even need a name, we all know what I mean. Who would’ve ever foreseen the ways our reality has been warped and sadly, for some of us, been forever altered. And it’s still not behind us. Here in … More Still Here

Holding on

What day is it? This Day, That Day, The Other Day, The Next Day…it’s another Quarantine Day. For all of us, whether we’re confined to our homes or still going out into the world for essential work, it’s a surreal experience like none we’ve ever had before or imagined. We all have our challenges with … More Holding on

Life Interrupted

So here I am again. It’s been a while. Last year I began volunteering at a new local outreach that helps those in need of assistance as they transition out of homelessness or struggle financially. The outreach efforts are primarily funded by the proceeds of its thrift store. The outreach’s mission to serve those in … More Life Interrupted

Fair Trade Finds

Two years ago I was introduced to the non-profit company SERRV International. They have been around since 1949 when they aimed to help WWII refugees. The focus evolved from helping refugees to working with impoverished people throughout the world. Their mission is to promote ethical trade with developing countries in an effort to help farmers … More Fair Trade Finds

What Feeds My Soul

Wide open spaces oceans fields mountains rivers lakes storm clouds sunrises sunsets colored skies wildflowers forests gardens gentle breezes palm trees soft sand colorful birds butterflies and fish cute animals tall grasses waterfalls beach dunes cliffs and canyons. I will choose nature and its landscapes and wonders anytime over a show a concert a fancy restaurant a … More What Feeds My Soul

São Miguel Island

A nature-lover’s paradise, mystical, mountainous, volcanic, blessed with wild beaches, ocean cliffs, thermal springs, rolling green pastures and many, many happy cows. This is the Azores, a group of Portuguese islands referred to as Europe’s Hawaii. The islands are in the Atlantic Ocean about 2.5 hours from the European Continent, and about 4.5 hours from … More São Miguel Island

Job Title Rebrand

How important is it to have a title that accurately reflects your duties and responsibilities? This one may turn into a bit of a rambler. I’m not sure. But let’s see where it goes. Well here I am. I’m not fifty yet. But it’s approaching. My 25th wedding anniversary is next week. I’m a mother … More Job Title Rebrand

Kiss Cookie Cups

Remember the thumbprint cookies with jelly from back in the day? I loved those when we made them in Home Economics class in grade school (for younger readers – we used to learn all kinds of homemaking things in Home Ec classes back in the 80s). Years later I tweaked the recipe by swapping a … More Kiss Cookie Cups