Savoring a moment

These are tough time with so many anxiety producing facets. Will I have a job when this is over? How will I pay for food, rent, expenses? Am I going to survive being with my family and keep my mental health?


All very valid concerns, but for a lot of us this is the first time we have been home for an extended time. The first time our overcrowded schedules have lessened and haven’t needed an alarm clock or Siri telling us where to go next.

Let all try to savor just a bit of something every day. Morning coffee leisurely sipped rather than gulped, your favorite tune showing up randomly, a sunny moment even if viewed through the window.

The bottom line here is we have to go through this hellish time anyway. The personal loss is staggering, lost loved ones, careers gone, relationships in tatters. If we are going to withstand all these assaults to our lives then we need to find those moonbeams and sunshine or we won’t survive this pandemic.

Take care, Kathy

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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Hope is work

There are friends around me who are despairing of the current situation.

This helps no one.

The only way we can make needed changes is for everyone to pull together, full strength, to overcome the evil being done.

Because, to steal a line from the other side, all lives matter. Black, brown, beige, immigrant, children, elderly matter just as much as middle age white men.

It’s time to put the power with the masses, not the money.

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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?

☺️

Everyone has a story

“Everyone has a story that will break your heart. And, if you’re really paying attention most people have a story that will bring you to your knees” Brene Brown

We have been trained to pretend that everything is wonderful. If anyone asks how we are we say “oh I’m fine, how are you”.

When did this happen? How did it become weak to acknowledge our lives are imperfect? Believe me, if the clerk at the grocery store asks, yep tell them you’re great. But we do this with real friends, family and spouses.

There must be a way to break the perfection myth without seeming like a complainer.

What do you think?

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

Pondering tolerance

It seems to be in short supply these days.

That’s too bad. There is not a single one of us that can’t use more.

For us and

From us.

Less righteousness, more tolerance would make everyone’s life a little nicer.

Do your part for global mental hygiene

The sun rose orange

1000 have died in floods this summer in India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh.

Who knows how Houston will recover, I mean the poor not the rich. Who gives a crap what ethnicity is helping what ethnicity there?

Wild fires are searing Canada and the western United States. Our sun is apocalyptic orange due to the smoke.

It is the responsibility of everyone to stop being part of the problem. At least stop using devisive words. Remove “Snowflake” and “Trumper” from your vocabulary.

If we all put as much effort into helping instead of hating, life would get a lot better for a whole lot of people.

Including us

Reinvest your energy.

Persevere 


My husband died of a brain tumor 19 years ago. This was one of his favorite sayings. 

When I feel as though I’m in a slog-fest with bits, pieces or the entire world I remember this…. and him

❤️