A Kindness Filter

#nofilter I’m sure you’ve seen this hashtag, right? It’s commonly used on social media, accompanying what the poster is claiming to be an untouched, unedited photograph. Sometimes the photo is of a beautiful sunset, or of someone being him/herself. I don’t know for sure – and didn’t even try to look this up – but […]

Down But Not Out

Let’s say life is like a boxing match, and last week nearly TKO’ed me. Actually, it felt more like a cage match from which I couldn’t escape – so I clung to the sides like Spider-Man and waited for the bell. Things started out just fine, albeit a little more hectic than usual. On Friday […]

If Cars Could Talk

I think we’re all feeling a little nostalgic about Aunt Bee. Not the original Aunt Bee. See, that’s what we call the van.  She’s getting on up there in years and, with her dents and dings and moans and groans, she always seems frazzled and on the verge of breaking down. But, nevertheless, she always […]

Distractions

I am an old-school writer. Or I just have ADD.  … Or maybe it’s both. Okay, focus. I love notebooks. Spiral-bound. About half the size of a normal sheet of paper. Like this one: I especially like the cover of that one. These notebooks are among my favorite things. I have too many to count, […]

Awe

Have you ever put your forehead on an airplane window and dropped your gaze straight to the ground? I’m not sure I had until the trip home yesterday. It was a beautiful sight. One that would, I believe,  make even the most cynical person in the world fill with awe. The first few shots are […]

No Air

I don’t travel well. I like the idea of going places, but nothing ever goes exactly as planned and that sends my anxiety into overdrive. I used to say it was because traveling with small children was hard. Well,  the kids aren’t small anymore, and I stress even when they’re not with me. Take this […]

I Love Fanfiction

Call me a nerd, but I love it. I love to read fanfiction, and, on occasion, I write it. So, what the heck is fanfiction? Just what it sounds like: it’s fans borrowing characters from TV shows, movies, and books, and playing with them for a little while. The characters’ “real” stories spark creativity in […]