The END of Life as we know it . . .

This post first appeared here January 16, 2012. I've reposted it on occasion—to give myself a check-up on how I'm doing. For some reason, I feel compelled to reprise it again this year. How are you doing?   Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.   I can't help but wonder . . . Is the opposite true, too?   Is it possible that life in its truest and best form actually BEGINS the day we stop being silent about things that matter?   The day we give voice to someone who has none ...   When we value the life stories that came before ours ...   ... and let the generation after ours be born to tell ... Keep Reading...

SIMPLIFY: Five Minute Friday

  START   When we sold our big house over a year ago with plans to downsize, I thought it meant getting rid of more "stuff". But after living in this 300-square-foot fifth wheel while waiting to build, I've realized there's more to simplifying than simply getting rid of things.   Sometimes simplifying involves decluttering the mind.   Often it involves decluttering the mind. Rethinking things.   There have been times I've wanted something out of storage. Something I was willing to share with someone.   Perhaps . . . as long as my "stuff" isn't extraneous, packed away, and I'm willing to use it to bless others—or it blesses my family . . . perhaps its okay to keep it.   But if ... Keep Reading...

2018: In a word . . .

January 5: How’s 2018 treating you so far?   So far, so good here.   We made an after-Christmas trip to Texas to see family and attend the wedding of a longtime friend’s son—and missed the snow at home in Tennessee. I know some of you are covered up in it. Welcome to Winter!   As we traveled, I read a lot of blogs. Lots of 2017 recaps, New Years resolutions, and words of the year. You’ve seen those, too, huh?   I’ve chosen words in years past, but I wasn’t sure I would this year . . . except one keeps coming to mind. I guess it chose me.   MIDDLE   Yes, I realize MIDDLE is an unusual Word of the Year. It’s not easy to explain either! But I’ll try . .   You see, I’m ... Keep Reading...