An exercise on mindful thinking at the close of the year

I decided to go for a jog one morning after feeling a guilty over recent excesses. The air was cool, but not chilly enough to need a jacket or put on gloves. My dog, Her Royal Highness, was happy enough to trot along beside me. The sky was a clear, albeit pale blue and the … Continue reading An exercise on mindful thinking at the close of the year

The secret success of the magnolia tree

I took the dog for a walk. The act wasn't particularly notable. I haven't been confined to the house for an extended period, or otherwise recovering from some debilitating injury or illness. This isn't a story of bravery. It wasn't cold outside, nor was it overly hot. This isn't a story about overcoming the elements. … Continue reading The secret success of the magnolia tree

Monsoons, Moments, and Mars

It was just me and LT over the weekend. Lamont and Kiddo had embarked on a father-son overnight camping and fishing trip, a trip they go on at least once a year. While they had been gone, there had been heavy rain showers at the coast resulting in texts like "It was a monsoon" and "it turns out that … Continue reading Monsoons, Moments, and Mars

To be like the lavender fields of Old Town

Years ago, my husband and I planned to visit my family's ancestral home, located just outside of Dubrovnik in Croatia along with my parents and my sister. None of us lived in the same city, but we managed to find flights that were expected to land around the same time even if not on the … Continue reading To be like the lavender fields of Old Town

It’s all relative

I was honored to present the following on The North Raleigh Rotary Club's family day. In high school, one of my English teachers gave us a creative writing assignment. We were to pick any literary classic and re-write it as a modern retelling. I thought there had been enough adaptations of stories like Romeo and … Continue reading It’s all relative