This is Not Where I Thought I Was Going

Life IS hard and messy and beautiful. Embrace it all.

Winter Solstice 2018

Tonight is the winter solstice. It’s the longest night of the year in the northern hemisphere. Winter begins, and we already have snow on the ground here in Council, Idaho. There’s a full moon – the aptly named “Cold Moon”…
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Driving (Reluctantly), Part I

Did you know that there’s a word for the fear of driving? It’s called vehophobia. Turns out that it’s not a particularly rare fear. In an earlier post, I wrote that my paramedic friend helped me plot a route to…
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Reclaiming Christmas

I caught myself humming Christmas carols last week when I got the decorations down from a high shelf on the back porch. It’s kind of a new thing. For much of my adult life I did not put up a…
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Published! Free on Kindle Thanksgiving Week.

And just like that, I’m an author. 199 words on gratitude just got me published in an eBook on Amazon. I downloaded and read a copy last night. Over 100 writers contributed essays, and I am thrilled to be included!…
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Of Good Men and Gunsmoke

They laid a good man to rest in Bates County, Missouri on Wednesday. After a 30 year career as a paramedic and part time deputy, my former coworker¬† succumbed to cancer. He was only 58. Like all the good men…
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Elephant Ride

In Civil War times, I’ve read, men would speak of “going to see the elephant”. They were going to experience battle for themselves. Some things are so large that they can’t be explained. They can only be understood through living…
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Harvest Interlude

A garden, even a small one, needs tending when it needs tending. It’s harvest time for my little garden and I’ve been the grateful recipient of a bounty of fruits and vegetables from the gardens of friends and coworkers. My…
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Saved By a Book Club

After my husband left I felt adrift and knew I had to find something to tether me to the world or I might just float away. A book club was the first thing that saved me.¬† But then, books always…
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Defy Expectations

My friend Sally likes to say that I saved myself. I don’t think that’s entirely true. Instead, I see how God used a bunch of unusual experiences to get me ready to defy the expectations that are put on a…
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Perspective is Key

The perspective comes here. By leaving, he freed me from the life I thought I’d have.