Wistful

Everyone has something in their life that they realize they missed out on.

No matter the wonder and beauty in life , all of us know that there was something that either slipped away or was never even a possibility.

On quiet evenings we take those regrets out, sigh, and then remember all the goodness that surrounds us. After an moment of introspection we tuck those thoughts away until next time

And smile a wistful smile

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A wee bit easier

And then one day you realize that life is just a tiny bit easier. Some of the heavy slogging is behind you, some of the self doubt and second guessing is over, and suddenly the sun is shining a wee bit brighter.

It’s been a tough couple of months but maybe summer is ready to enter my heart ❤️

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Watch who you’re throwing shade at please

Someone made a few disparaging comments directed at me the other day. But here’s the thing;

A) I’m far from perfect

B) I’m aware of my imperfections

C) your opinions of my imperfections are just that, your opinion, see item B.

D) I care very little about your opinion of my imperfections

E) I’m working on my imperfections, are you?

F) more important than any of this is, aren’t the eyelashes on this sketch adorable?

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It’s still bigotry

If you are indignant about people kneeling is silent protest but not about the inequalities in this country, ask yourself why.

As a kid I remember being taunted with “dirty Jew” and other phrases. But I have a choice, I’m white, no one needs to know I’m a minority. Though to be honest, I “look like a Jew” with kinky hair and olive skin. People with skin other than beige have no choice. We shouldn’t have to try and hide our heritage.

Everyone pontificating about the sanctity of the national anthem should stop for a moment and think about worrying about your child every time they left the house just because they are a minority.

Just think about it,

And then get off your soap box so you can help fix this damned mess

Remembering 


So many moments I swore I’d never forget. When did they slip away?

Friends faces,

The smell of a lover’s skin,

The anguish of a first love lost.

The enchantment of watching The Nutcracker Suite live for the first time. 

Perhaps not lost, just momentarily misplaced.

Welcome back dear friends

Always hope

It’s so easy to lose hope with all that is happening right now. 

To feel abandoned and alone.

And then you discover a kindred soul also in search of hope.

With hope we will survive 

What will you do

Everything we do has a ripple effect. 

For making things good.

For creating harm.

For building someone up or 

crushing them like an insignificant bug.

Which side of history (even your tiny corner of history) do you want to be on?

What is your legacy?

Hopefully my legacy is one of hope

Joy in life


During an ice storm a few years ago a beautiful old weeping cherry fell over in the yard. I left the roots and fallen stump because there was beauty in the mossy bark and it was a perfect home for Buddha 

Over the years the tree has started re-growing and the most amazing microcosm has formed. The leaves have aphids, which brings tiny black beetles who eat the aphids, which brings bushtits to eat the tiny beetles and aphids. 

Bushtits are itty bitty little birds who happily twitter in the weeping cherry not a foot from my head and bring me great joy, for which I am grateful