Snow Days

Over the past week southwest Ohio has been hit with snow. We received about an inch of rain/ice and then four inches of snow. A day or two later we received three more inches along with temperatures in the teens. Don’t get me wrong Ohio does get snow in the winter and we have cold days. It’s just that we haven’t seen it for the past two or three years. People I talked to were excited about the snow and cold. Cold temps mean we have sunshine too. It’s just after a year of covid, covid, covid it is nice and almost normal to hear about freezing temperatures and snow.

It’s the small things that get us through.

This past week my mother in-law passed away at the age of 90. Over the past few years she has been deteriorating and has been in and out of the hospital many times over the last year and a half. I have known her for thirty of her years. I was sad that she had suffered so much during her last years and as I thought about my memories with her I had no strong memories and that also made me sad. I then started thinking smaller. It is big that she gave birth to her son; my husband of thirty years. She always remembered my birthday with a card and check. She did the same at Christmas. She always remember her grandkids’ birthdays as well. Over the next few days and months other things may be remembered. Perhaps it is the small things that best help us celebrate a life lived and grieve a life lost.


How to Know if Your Memoir Is Boring — BREVITY’s Nonfiction Blog

What happened to you was powerful—but will anyone else want to read it? And which events from your life go in the book, anyway? Do you need more backstory? Or more action? Is the reader going to get it? The foul-mouthed creators of South Park and The Book of Mormon know the answer. You might […]

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National Author’s Day and NaNoWriMo — The Unapologetic Bookworm

Good morning, everyone! I can’t believe that it’s already the first of November! Today is National Author’s Day, which is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the work of your favorite authors. Here are a few ideas for how you could celebrate National Author’s Day… Set aside some time to read a book by your favorite […]

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Dealing with that Inner Voice of Criticism — Something to Ponder About

How do you treat yourself? We are often harshest in our treatment of ourselves in the way our inner voice reprimands us for making mistakes. Rather than an objective assessment of our actions, we strive for perfection in ourselves, and are disappointed or angry with ourselves if we cannot attain that desired standard. Source: http://forestwoodfolkart.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/58006-1ye5vss3wrvp7nv7b51ldzw.png %5B…%5D

Dealing with that Inner Voice of Criticism — Something to Ponder About

July Reads

It’s been a month of intense reading. I am determined to increase my understanding of the issues of racism facing America so I can make better decisions. Calvin Baker’s book – A More Perfect ReUnion is an incredible book about the history of racism in this country. The book Passing by Nella Larsen was written in the 1920’s and is as important today as it was then. The Pale Rider covers the social and cultural aspects of the 1918 Influenza pandemic. Along with John Barry’s book the Great Influenza this gives an incredible background on what went on in 1918.

I am ready for some lighter reads.


The “new normal” in these”unprecented” times.

My only hope is that these words “unprecedented” and “new normal” do not stick around in our vocabulary for long. Other terms such as the world is spinning out of control or we are coming apart at the seams come to mind comes to mind as well .

After talking to two people within three days about the negative role that media is playing in the information we receive I realized that my brain was working overtime. Having been retired for over two years now I have adjusted to a slower routine, and being home more. While our travel has stopped for now we are adjusting. So at the beginning of the pandemic I was doing ok. My husband and I are wearing masks, using grocery pickup, limiting our social visits with only close friends. As time went on though I have felt more despair and a little depressed. After a much needed haircut and a beautiful day (60’s and 70’s) yesterday I helped my husband wash the cars, not only because they needed it but it was a great way to be outside and focused on something else. After replaying discussions and arguing with people in my head throughout the day I knew it was time to do things differently. Standing up for black rights and safe health practices are very important and I do not want to become indifferent to them. Taking care of ourselves and staying in the present is also important.

  • I thought being in quarantine would give me plenty of time to write. It did not. I could not get myself motivated. I realized that I was writing on my blog or in my journal. Even putting together my family history book is writing and creative. These will never be published but I am still writing.
  • I will only read the news in the morning and listen to the national news in the evening.
  • I will continue to exercise and increase meditation.
  • I will go outside for walks or to work in the garden.
  • I will read and binge watch TV without guilt.
  • I will try to stay in the present and not dredge up things from the past.
  • I will continue to practice healthy safeguards for myself and others.

These are “unprecented” times (sorry). Most of us have not experienced a pandemic before but we will get through this. Be kind to yourself, keep writing and stay safe!