Jan 242014
 

I used to hate my dream of a visit from my late father. Waking up to the reality of my loss was brutal.  I didn’t want to go there if it had to end.

Now it’s like re-reading a favorite book.

Five minute friday visit at the tombstone It always starts the same—in the cemetery. As we round the curve to their grave-sites, Daddy is sitting on his gravestone, one foot of the ground. He sees me with a got a cat-that-got-the-canary look on his face. He’s laughing. I run into his arms, crying with relief. He hugs me. Continue reading »

Aug 172013
 

Measure a small thing A Small Thing: A #FiveMinuteFriday Meditation

I wasn’t sure I felt up to going out until my friend called to say, “I’ll pick you up.” A small thing, but it mattered—a lot.

Buying a souvenir in a tourist shop in New Orleans, a youth wearing a mission trip t-shirt heard the words, “Thank you for not forgetting about us. Thank you for coming to help.”  Just a small thing, normal southern hospitality, but two sentences made an 18-hour trip worthwhile. Continue reading »

Jul 192013
 

I don’t always feel like I belong. Today’s post is part of Lisa-Jo Baker’s “Five Minute Friday. Each Friday she broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to write for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s prompt: Belong

Where I Feel Like I Belong: A #Fiveminutefriday meditation Continue reading »

Jul 062013
 

A Five Minute Friday Meditation: Beautiful

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing.

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s prompt: Beautiful

Do you see a beautiful reflectionsBeautiful Reflection

When I look in a mirror, beautiful is the last word that comes to mind. But then, I don’t look in the mirror to see if I’m beautiful. I look in the mirror to gauge how bad the imperfections look today. My mind is closed to a beautiful reflection. Continue reading »

Jun 292013
 

A Five Minute Friday Meditation:  In between

What’s in between the future and the past?

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. Continue reading »

Jun 162013
 

#FiveMinuteFriday

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker, founder of “Five Minute Friday,” broadcasts a writing prompt, challenging writers to writer for five minutes only. In her words, “It’s not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. “

This is a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

Today’s prompt:Listen

Listen. Listen to their stories

This beautiful young man is gone. It seems wrong that so few seem to know—that he left this world with so little fanfare. Continue reading »

May 242013
 

Five Minute Fridayis a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s Prompt: View

Prayers of Praise–How to Give Words to Your Heart Continue reading »

May 172013
 

Five Minute Fridayis a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s Prompt: Song

My song This prompt is too rich in metaphors for a five minute session! Cue the dramatic, frenetic music!

My life is a song. It’s a pretty good one, in my opinion, but I’m not sure I deserve the credit. I have a Master that helps me compose.

It’s not a song written for performance or a Grammy. My song is just the tune that is me.

Like all lives, it has moments of harmony. Like all lives, it has its moments of discord. Even the unexpected discord is important, driving a longing for resolution into a new harmony. Continue reading »

Apr 262013
 

Five Minute Fridayis a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s Prompt: Friends

Friends My Friends

They are the ones
I depend on,
who are there for momentous events, or when I’m bored or want a coffee

Who

Share my values, my sorrows, my joys.
Tell the truth—sugar-coated of course—even when I’m not ready to face it Continue reading »

Apr 202013
 

Five Minute Fridayis a great writing exercise even if you’re not blogging your treasures (memories). Your spontaneous thoughts on a given subject can reveal your personality, daily life, beliefs, etc. If you are blogging, I encourage you to join in! If you want to connect on Twitter, use the hashtag #FiveMinuteFriday.

This week’s Prompt: JUMP

High Ropes course

High Ropes Course at Howell Nature Center

Jump automatically brings the expression of “leap of faith” to mind. This “leap” has always been a compelling visual image, but it came to mean a lot more to me, when I had to make a physical “leap.”

As part of a Presbyterian family camp at the Howell Nature Center (Howell, MI), we did a high ropes course. We were encouraged to “stretch” our comfort levels. Continue reading »