Alcoholism, Faith and Spirituality, Family, Gratitude, Writing

The Season for Gratitude

During this holiday season, cultivating an attitude of gratitude is at the top of my to-do list. Family is top of the top, hands down. After family, my top 10 for 2016 is: 10.)  Election season being over! Nationally as well as locally. My day job is in a political office, which makes election season ultra stressful.… Continue reading The Season for Gratitude

Alcoholism, Faith and Spirituality, Life Lessons, Nature

Nature’s Voice

On a morning run recently I was running behind a squirrel who had a large plastic wrapper in its mouth. The wrapper blocked his view, so he was running in a zig zag fashion trying to get away, failing at his endeavor. As I got closer, he ditched the wrapper (literally) and bee-lined in a straight… Continue reading Nature’s Voice

Advocacy, Alcoholism, Faith and Spirituality, Life Lessons

Love One Another as I Have Loved You

Love one another as I have loved you.  -John 13:34 For those of you who have been reading my blog for any length of time, you know my husband and I like to go bike riding. We have a stunningly beautiful trail that follows the river and goes into Denver, about 30 miles round trip.… Continue reading Love One Another as I Have Loved You

Advocacy, Alcoholism, Writing

Writing Communities

For a writer, deciding to belong to a community of other writers will be one of the best choices you make. Writers understand other writers and the struggles we all go through like no one else can. It's similar, I suppose, to any group of people with like interests. Cops can understand each other's black… Continue reading Writing Communities

Advocacy, Alcoholism, Faith and Spirituality, Family, Gratitude, Writing

Birthday Blessings

I've heard people talk about 50 as being "over the hill," "half of a century old," "on the downward slide," etc. When I woke up this morning, having turned 50 myself, the first thing that came to mind was: I AM SO BLESSED! I got out of bed, got dressed and headed out the door for an… Continue reading Birthday Blessings

Alcoholism, Fun, Writing

Throwback Thursday–on Friday

My friend Rachel posted on her blog about her kindergarten teacher and it got me thinking about school. (Yes, I can remember that far back 🙂 ). Her post prompted me to look through my old writing files, including much of my poetry I wrote back then. It made me sad to see how much of it was… Continue reading Throwback Thursday–on Friday

Alcoholism, Quotes, Writing

The Act of Writing vs. Being a Writer

A lot of people write and a whole lot more have the desire to write. If you're writing, you are, indeed, a writer. If you have the desire to write but haven't actually put pen to paper--or fingertips to keyboard--you haven't crossed the line yet from dreamer to writer. That being said it's never too… Continue reading The Act of Writing vs. Being a Writer

Alcoholism, Family, Gratitude, Life Lessons, Writing

Wrapping up 2014

It's hard to believe that in just two short days we'll be viewing 2014 and all of its cherished memories and experiences through the rear view mirror. While there are numerous quotes about the dangers of, and time wasted from, looking in the rear view mirror, I'm of the belief that it has its time and place. As… Continue reading Wrapping up 2014

Alcoholism, Faith and Spirituality, Family, Gratitude, Quotes

T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

The Week's Top Three: 3.)  A brilliant pink cloud hanging in the evening sky. God's hand print. 2.)  Learning limits on what I can take on and how to say "no" so as not to take away from my family, writing time, or recovery maintenance. 1.)  Watching both of my boys working in my older… Continue reading T.G.I.F. – Gratitude Friday

Alcoholism, Faith and Spirituality, Family, Life Lessons, Quotes

Seize the Day

When I was on my morning run today, it occurred to me how much of life is spent waiting for something to get here. Whether that something is: Vacation. A loved one coming for a visit. Payday. A movie you've been waiting to come out on the big screen. The good part of a book you're reading. Summer… Continue reading Seize the Day