My daylilies are just beginning to bloom this season. This week I've seen two of my three varieties open up. The third may be a couple of weeks behind. Although daylilies are perennials, they don't seem to be permanent. I've had several other beautiful varieties over the years but they died out. The impermanence also … Continue reading One Single Day
You’d think by now I would stop asking, “Why?” “Why did they do that? What were they thinking?” After living this much life, you’d think I might stop being surprised. As I sat in a large waiting room last week, my Judgment Meter was registering in the red zone. We were there for over an … Continue reading We’re Dang Near Royalty
My garden is requiring a lot of my attention lately, and that’s fine with me. Spring clean-up can either be a chore or a joy, depending on my attitude. This year, I’m finding most of the tasks to be a joyful process. One task I’m enjoying is pruning the hydrangeas, roses, and a few other … Continue reading Joyful Pruning
As we see the possibility of this year-long pandemic coming to a close, or at least the possibility of life returning to some kind of new abnormal, I think I’m beginning to see some things differently. I have taken too much for granted. I have undervalued big things and little things. Toilet paper is one … Continue reading Body-life is Life Together
Groundhog Day is one of my favorite movies. I can see you rolling your eyes. No, really. I love this film. When I was a therapist for a mental health partial hospitalization program, I was allowed to show a therapeutic movie and lead a group discussion about it with patients on Fridays. Groundhog Day was … Continue reading It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again
The year 2020 has been far from perfect. In fact, it has been far from “normal,” whatever that means. So is that number mocking us? Does it show us that we can’t see squat, and we don’t even realize it?
Is joy possible in the midst of a year of challenges, sorrow, and disappointments? This third week of Advent is often focused on the theme of joy. Churches lit a joyful pink candle among the other purple ones in their advent wreaths this past Sunday. We sing "Joy to the world, the Lord is come," … Continue reading Obtain Gladness and Joy