Category: Parts of Speech

‘Help’ is a prayer we all need

We can say a little prayer even if we are not believers: “Help” is a great prayer. “Help me, help me, I am a completely doomed human” is even better. When my then six-year-old son got his head stuck in the bars of a chair at the dining table of some friends we were visiting, he went unnoticed for a […]

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Sometimes ‘mess’ is beautiful

“It’s all messy: the hair, the bed, the words, the heart, life.” —William Leal As I was driving down the street and soaking in fall colors the other day, it quickly became clear how much more I enjoy looking at the yards smothered in untouched leaves over those that had been meticulously raked to perfection. And that’s not just an […]

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Younger can also be wiser

“Maybe go outside? Maybe look up, instead of down at your wobbly thighs and aching feet? Maybe look up at the wild canopy or stars overhead, those goofy birds? If bird song were the ONLY proof there was a God—an intelligent love energy of some sort—it would be enough for me. Thrush, chickadees, loons? I’m in.” —Anne Lamott Being the […]

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Old friends, still good friends

“It is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” —Ralph Waldo Emerson The more old friends change, the more they stay the same. Sorry, I couldn’t avoid using this tweaked cliche; it’s just the way it is. These people are the lifers. The ones who remember all the sordid details of […]

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If Jersey calls, pick up phone

“You have to work ceaselessly on your end to digest and imbibe your opportunities or, I have come to believe, they will gradually slip away and knock on someone else’s more receptive door.” —Liz Gilbert New Jersey called me three times last summer. And I didn’t answer three times. I have a paranoia about answering calls from numbers I don’t […]

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What we care about changes

“Ditching the crap is such a relief. For me, it’s freed up quite a bit of time and emotional space to think about what really does matter. In the spirit of making it count.” —Lisa Sadikman, scarymommy.com What could be better than knowing my deserving niece is, at this very moment, experiencing the joy and beauty of a brand new […]

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Mothers, treasure the ‘lasts’

“The last time when you ran to me, still small enough to hold. The last time that you said you’d marry me when you grew old. Precious, simple moments and bright flashes from your past—would I have held on longer if I’d known they were your last? —Karen Kingsbury I have a friend with a newborn baby. She’s understandably tired, […]

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Five reasons to pack up your stuff and move

“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” ~ William Morris I’m kidding about the five reasons in the headline. There aren’t that many. There’s one: because you have to. The specifics and the path that lead you to putting your entire life inside cardboard boxes and the back of […]

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Sometimes ‘OK-ist’ is the best

“Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life—dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves and every part of your body be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.” —Narendra Nath Datta I’m about to confess something that is part sad, part silly. I’m […]

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Drenched by a nostalgia trip

When it comes to staying young, a mind-lift beats a face-lift any day. —Marty Bucella The timing couldn’t have been worse. As a Kansas native, I like to think I’m weather-savvy. But lately it seems that hot and dry begets hot and dry around here. I settled into the dry 100 degree days. Exactly how do torrential downpours sneak up […]

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