Stay Out of It

He startled me with his comment.  It was dark so I hadn’t seen his face turn toward me before he spoke. “I’ll be glad when it’s over,” he announced. “School?” I asked since that’s where we were headed. “No the election,” he said. “Yeah me too—why what’s bothering you? “The kids that I sit with in art keep having debates. They get totally out of hand.” “Are you staying out of it?” I asked. “Oh yeah I know better. I told them they should stop debating and start creating.  That’s

He startled me with his comment.  It was dark so I hadn’t seen his face turn toward me before he spoke. “I’ll be glad when it’s over,” he announced. “School?” I asked since that’s where we were headed. “No the election,” he said. “Yeah me too—why what’s bothering you? “The kids that I sit with in art keep having debates. They get totally out of hand.” “Are you staying out of it?” I asked. “Oh yeah I know better. I told them they should stop debating and start creating.  That’sKeep reading...

Judge Not

I was getting into my car with the chicken I’d bought for dinner when I spotted the penny on the asphalt buried by rainwater.  It was cold.  I got the shivers when I put it in my palm and it clanked against my ring.  The feeling of wanting to shake off the chill reminded me of the lady I’ve been thinking about all week.  A woman I’ve never yet she still weighed heavy on my heart. “Lord, would it have been any different if she’d bought chicken instead of steak?”

I was getting into my car with the chicken I’d bought for dinner when I spotted the penny on the asphalt buried by rainwater.  It was cold.  I got the shivers when I put it in my palm and it clanked against my ring.  The feeling of wanting to shake off the chill reminded me of the lady I’ve been thinking about all week.  A woman I’ve never yet she still weighed heavy on my heart. “Lord, would it have been any different if she’d bought chicken instead of steak?”Keep reading...

Survivor

It was several weeks before I could work up the courage to talk to him.  I’d seen him leave to walk his dog and decided to head out too.  I was hoping we could walk and talk because I didn’t think I could look him in the eye.  The path that separates our houses was frozen by the early snow we’d had.  I was trying not to slip, cry, or hyper-ventilate while I was walking. My head was bowed.  I didn’t see him until we ran into each other.  Startled,

It was several weeks before I could work up the courage to talk to him.  I’d seen him leave to walk his dog and decided to head out too.  I was hoping we could walk and talk because I didn’t think I could look him in the eye.  The path that separates our houses was frozen by the early snow we’d had.  I was trying not to slip, cry, or hyper-ventilate while I was walking. My head was bowed.  I didn’t see him until we ran into each other.  Startled,Keep reading...

A View From the Top

Monday afternoon when I landed in the doctor’s office with walking pneumonia I had a serious case of the blues.  Waiting at the pharmacy for my prescriptions I began to question whether I’d make it to any of the graduation activities on tap later in the week.  Mother’s Day and Confirmation Sunday were also in the mix and I’d made commitments for both.  On top of that I had a “To Do” list a mile long.  The penny I found on the way out did little to encourage me.  I

Monday afternoon when I landed in the doctor’s office with walking pneumonia I had a serious case of the blues.  Waiting at the pharmacy for my prescriptions I began to question whether I’d make it to any of the graduation activities on tap later in the week.  Mother’s Day and Confirmation Sunday were also in the mix and I’d made commitments for both.  On top of that I had a “To Do” list a mile long.  The penny I found on the way out did little to encourage me.  IKeep reading...

Embarassed

I found him hiding in my closet under a row of dresses.  I couldn’t see where he’d gone while I was cleaning up after him.  It was hardly a mess but still not something you ignore.  When he saw me he laid down sheepishly.  He was embarrassed.  I sat down next to him and carefully put him in my lap to reassure him. “Buddy its okay.  Mama’s not mad.  You can’t help it honey.” I was fighting back tears.  It had been such a rough week with the dog.  A

I found him hiding in my closet under a row of dresses.  I couldn’t see where he’d gone while I was cleaning up after him.  It was hardly a mess but still not something you ignore.  When he saw me he laid down sheepishly.  He was embarrassed.  I sat down next to him and carefully put him in my lap to reassure him. “Buddy its okay.  Mama’s not mad.  You can’t help it honey.” I was fighting back tears.  It had been such a rough week with the dog.  AKeep reading...

Inconvenienced

When the fire in my throat woke me up long before sunrise I was not happy.  I’d planned to get up early for Easter service but not that early.  I was equally frustrated by the fact that getting some ice for it would wake up the whole house.  Dog plus ice maker equals a normally cute scene but not at four a.m. I decided to tough it out and lay in bed until my alarm went off.  We’d agreed the week before to go to the less popular early service

When the fire in my throat woke me up long before sunrise I was not happy.  I’d planned to get up early for Easter service but not that early.  I was equally frustrated by the fact that getting some ice for it would wake up the whole house.  Dog plus ice maker equals a normally cute scene but not at four a.m. I decided to tough it out and lay in bed until my alarm went off.  We’d agreed the week before to go to the less popular early serviceKeep reading...

Autistic Dogs: The Alternative

Last week the Pioneer Woman unknowingly prompted a debate on Facebook amongst my family when my Dad posted a comment raving about her blog.  My cousin who is an accomplished food blogger had to reply.  She is not a fan of Ms. Drummond.  As the Food Editor for BlogHer she has more than one opinion about what constitutes good blogging. Our public disagreement cracked me up. Later, when I found a dime at the grocery store under a display of the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook I wondered what this was all

Last week the Pioneer Woman unknowingly prompted a debate on Facebook amongst my family when my Dad posted a comment raving about her blog.  My cousin who is an accomplished food blogger had to reply.  She is not a fan of Ms. Drummond.  As the Food Editor for BlogHer she has more than one opinion about what constitutes good blogging. Our public disagreement cracked me up. Later, when I found a dime at the grocery store under a display of the Pioneer Woman’s cookbook I wondered what this was allKeep reading...

Sticks and Stones

When I set the penny I’d found earlier in the day on my calendar I noticed that March 9th was Barbie’s birthday.  I had no idea! You’d think a California girl who lived in the shadow of Mattel’s headquarters would know this.  I should keep better track especially since I’ve been referred to as a Barbie more than once. Whether you grew up in Barb’s backyard or not almost every woman my age will confess to owning one of these world famous dolls.  Like boys and action figures girls and

When I set the penny I’d found earlier in the day on my calendar I noticed that March 9th was Barbie’s birthday.  I had no idea! You’d think a California girl who lived in the shadow of Mattel’s headquarters would know this.  I should keep better track especially since I’ve been referred to as a Barbie more than once. Whether you grew up in Barb’s backyard or not almost every woman my age will confess to owning one of these world famous dolls.  Like boys and action figures girls andKeep reading...

Stereotypes Drive Me Nuts

Yesterday driving was driving me nuts!  It started when I took Chase to school hands gripped to the wheel while oil field workers barreled down the highway to their jobs.  Mornings on I-70 in Western Colorado are like a NASCAR race with trucks.  Roughnecks weave in and out of traffic in a desperate attempt to punch the clock on time. A few hours later coming home from the doctor I must have been going too slowly in my neighborhood because a lady pulled right up on my bumper and honked

Yesterday driving was driving me nuts!  It started when I took Chase to school hands gripped to the wheel while oil field workers barreled down the highway to their jobs.  Mornings on I-70 in Western Colorado are like a NASCAR race with trucks.  Roughnecks weave in and out of traffic in a desperate attempt to punch the clock on time. A few hours later coming home from the doctor I must have been going too slowly in my neighborhood because a lady pulled right up on my bumper and honkedKeep reading...

Brotherly Love

I was counting my pennies Friday afternoon when a sound from my childhood echoed throughout the house. It was the “thwack” of plastic hitting a dead end. In flashback I saw the 70’s inspired paisley plate sitting in front of me covered with spaghetti. I didn’t know Melamine could pack such a mean punch. When it left my hand and sailed across the room it was like a party popper chock full of noodles that exploded on impact. Had my aim had been better the plate would have hit my

I was counting my pennies Friday afternoon when a sound from my childhood echoed throughout the house. It was the “thwack” of plastic hitting a dead end. In flashback I saw the 70’s inspired paisley plate sitting in front of me covered with spaghetti. I didn’t know Melamine could pack such a mean punch. When it left my hand and sailed across the room it was like a party popper chock full of noodles that exploded on impact. Had my aim had been better the plate would have hit myKeep reading...