A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty

A Monarch Butterfly and Its Changing Beauty

HAPPINESS.—A butterfly, which when pursued, seems always just beyond your grasp; but if you sit down quietly, may alight upon you. ~ “A Chapter of Definitions,” Daily Crescent, 1848 June 23rd Years ago, I planted Swamp Milkweed in my backyard. With a name...
Darkness, Perspective, and Light

Darkness, Perspective, and Light

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s...
3 Essentials for Thriving as a Single Mom

3 Essentials for Thriving as a Single Mom

“And once the storm is over, you won’t remember how you made it through, how you managed to survive. You won’t even be sure, whether the storm is really over. But one thing is certain. When you come out of the storm, you won’t be the same person who walked in. That’s...
A Chance to Unplug

A Chance to Unplug

“Summer was our best season: it was sleeping on the back screened porch in cots, or trying to sleep in the treehouse; summer was everything good to eat; it was a thousand colors in a parched landscape; but most of all, summer was Dill.” – Harper Lee This summer...
The Sun Rises

The Sun Rises

No sun outlasts its sunset but will rise again and bring the dawn. – Maya Angelou One of my favorite book titles is by the great Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises. There is so much implied in that title, don’t you think? For me, it says, “The sun sets....
How to Write a Book in 5 Steps

How to Write a Book in 5 Steps

“There’s nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and open a vein.” – Ernest Hemingway Everyone has a story to tell. I believe that. I also believe Hemingway is right: all we have to do to write well is open up a vein. Writing is one of...