A Final Farewell to Al for Terry

Although I did not get the chance to know Al my thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time…:)

A Mixed Bag

This poem is for Terry’s brother, Al who was taken by the angels at 08:30 this morning. 
My thoughts are with Terry and her family at this time.

Terry asked me to write a poem to say goodbye to him. You can find Terry’s blog here.

Al suffered from MSA – Multiple System Atrophy which is a “neurological disorder that affects adult men and women. It is caused by degeneration or atrophy of nerve cells in several (or multiple) areas of the brain which can result in problems with movement, balance and automatic functions of the body such as bladder and blood pressure control.

You can find more details on Multiple System Atrophy here and here.




As my brother I have loved you
For all of your fifty-eight years
We have argued and fought
Brought each other to tears

I would never change…

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My Goal For the Upcoming Year as a Blogger


In 2010, I started this blog as a project with papers, and discussion questions from college. I should have kept everything that I did in college just for this purpose. However, in the last two years I have noticed that the more I write the more people visit my blog. I was amazed at the amount of people that  have viewed my blog in many different countries. I am pleased with the outcome. I made a promise to my husband, children, and to myself that I would write in a journal everyday for a whole year. Well two years ago and I have written more about my life than I could have imagined. Somewhere about 200,000 words later I can read about my life and the things that I have accomplished over those years. With 120 followers I am excited about my blogging because of the inspiration from others. So I hope to make it to 300 followers or more before the end of the year. I know that I cannot post everyday because of the load that is already on my plate. However, I will achieve my goal because I love to write. Some of the things that come out of my head will eventually make their way onto paper or in my journal. Maybe even my blog. So here is to the upcoming year. I look forward to reading everything that my follower’s have to write about and I hope that they enjoy the things that I write about….

The Good, The Bad, and The Lovely

I love it! In my opinion I do not care what people think about me or the things that I write. I have to say that I do not have many friends and the ones that I do like me for who I am. I am constantly told that I am judgmental. However, just as I am being judged for the things that I write, people are also judging everything else that I do whether it be at work, home or anything else. It really does not matter to me if I meet their approval. I am who I am and that is not going to change.

GYA today



Bad News is: You cannot make people like, love, understand, validate, accept, or be nice to you. You can’t control them either. Good News Is: It  Doesn’t Matter.  —author unknown


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“Lighthouses don’t go running all over an island looking for boats to save; they just stand there shining.”

How long does it take you to write a book? Do you have any advice for other writer’s that would like to write a book?

Wabi Sabi Wife

Hello Friends,
Yes, I am writing about another writing book. So sue me. But let me first tell you that I first read this book over ten years ago and I still love it. I am rereading it now because it is soulful and beautiful. If you don’t know about Anne Lamott, you need to know about her. She is gracious and full of grace. She is also full of spit and vinegar, but that is another story. Anne has a lovely way of inviting you into her head without you even realizing there was a door through which you needed to enter. I mean, she just gets it. She is spiritual. She is soulful. She is completely open. She shares the downfalls and the mistakes. She shares the heartbreak and the shame. But all along the telling of her story (meaning, any story she deigns to tell) you are…

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