I hate crying. The salty tears, the runny nose, the burning eyeballs. I especially don’t like how my contacts get all gunky and dry. Not to mention the embarrassment of being well, a crybaby. Sure, I was a little emotive as a kid. My brothers teased me, I cried. I fell and hurt myself, I […]

I saw a human face today…

I saw a human face today. Eyes, nose, mouth, chin – the whole shebang. It wasn’t even a family member, just some stranger I passed in a parking lot. She smiled. I like smiles. I like teeth. I’ve even gained a strange affinity for noses and chins. It made me realize how much I miss […]

“Big” Girls Can’t Climb… (or can we?)

Big. Took that little gem with me from my k-12 years. I was a full head taller and pounds bigger than most of my classmates. People always guessed me older and when they found out I was younger, they’d say, “Oh my, you’re a big girl!” Which I heard as… freakishly tall, fat, abnormal. And […]

No Matter What Happens, We the People….

No matter what happens on Tuesday We the people In our little corner of the world Can still love our God Reach out to our neighbors Shine our talents Care for our land Respect authority Defeat racism Embrace the lonely Live as one Fight for those not seen Serve our poor Notice beauty Honor our […]

Strip Padiddle?

It’s a Padiddle! We used to smack each other when we saw one. My college friends and I would be out driving and spot a car with only one headlight. “Padiddle!” Whoever saw it would yell it out – and then proceed to smack everyone else in the car who wasn’t quick enough. Things have […]

An Olympian and a Gentleman

They love to swim and I wanted to join them. This strong group of men and women swim a mile along the ocean shore in Maui. I’ve been swimming a lot at home so while I knew I wouldn’t be in front of the pack, I was hoping I’d be able to keep up. They […]

Chasing Sunsets

I could barely believe it. Even as I hopped on the plane, it didn’t seem possible that such good fortune had come my way. I mean, really. Mother of eight off to Hawaii – on her own! I pinched myself and squealed. The person next to me  looked over with raised brows. “It’s nothing,” I […]

Daddy, come here!

“Daddy, come here! Please, come here!” I was doing laps at the pool when the little boy shouted. He was bobbing up and down one lane over. He was secure with this floaties, but wanted his daddy close by. I heard him as I took each breath. “Daddy… come…” Breathe. “… dy.. come here!” I […]

Can I be Forgiven?

I was about to get on an elevator when she called me crying. I stepped to the side, “What’s going on?” “It’s not a sad cry, it’s a happy cry.” She quickly told me before I panicked. And then the sobs kept coming. Deep. Heartfelt. “What is it?” I said gently. “What?”  My dear friend […]