finding hope

Finding Hope at Christmas after Losing Someone You Love

Glitter and gold, presents, lighted candles and trees, and lots of food all represent the Holiday season. For most of us, it’s that time of year where our hearts open a little wider. We look forward to gathering with family and others we love. But for almost all of us at different times, Christmas will not always be joyous, but leaving us with a deep yearning for what was. If you’ve lost someone, especially in the last year, I want...

Beauty and Death

Beauty and Death – Life’s Dichotomy

I’m really not sure I’m going to post this so it will free me up to write what I truly feel and not try and conform to what I feel my readers would want. That’s a misconception anyway, as readers want the truth. No matter how ugly that truth sometimes is. This morning I am surrounded by beauty. The cloud-filled sky in various shades of gray making for a beautiful backdrop to the amazing crimson reds, yellow ochers, rust browns,...

Bending in Life's Storms
Letting Go to Grab Hold
Moving Forward
Jar of Thankfulness

Now is the Time to Begin Your Jar of Thankfulness

Have you heard of a Jar of Thankfulness?  I hadn’t until yesterday.  While browsing on Facebook I saw a friend’s post on her Jar of Thankfulness from 2016. So what exactly is it?  A jar of thankfulness is simply a jar, (imagine that) but not just any jar.  The thankfulness part comes in when at the end of every week throughout the year, you write a brief statement on a small piece of paper telling what you have been most thankful...


Is Going After Your Dream Worth it?

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take the step. ~Nateem Hallway Is there anything in your life that has been nagging at you to take a chance? If so, why aren’t you doing it? Fear can be a tremendous force in keeping us from our dreams if we let it. It is designed to keep us safe. But ask yourself, safe from what? Fear...

Modern Day Angel Helping the Homeless

A Modern Day Angel – A Story about the Homeless

I was invited to the beach over the last few days by my good friend, Tammy. It was just the two of us, with bad weather, to just sit and talk. And that was a good thing, as Tammy and I had much catching up to do. We hadn’t talked more than an hour or so, over a few dinners, together with our spouses, in almost thirty years. At one point, I asked her what happened to us? We used...

Inspiration from the Amazing Artist – Mary Whyte

Yesterday, while browsing the internet, I stumbled across a video featuring the artist, Mary Whyte. As I watched, I was intrigued by her subject matter. She visits people doing their work and simple everyday things, and paints that. Ms. Whyte lives in Charleston, SC and much of her work is of the Gullah community in and around Beaufort. She also has a home/studio in Simpsonville and lives there a couple of months a year. Next door to her house, lives a...