Cool Head and Warm Hands

When navigating a crisis, whether personal or public, walking that narrow bridge between keeping calm, cool and collected and begging for help is where I usually find myself.  Many of the recent Ragtag Daily Prompts ("Sangfroid, "Hold My Hand," and "Looking Within") are pretty good thumbnail sketches of the various mental and emotional states most…

Inheritance

Today is my mother's birthday.  Although she died almost 16 years ago, the day feels  significant and in need of some kind of acknowledgement.  If she were still alive, I would bake a cake, set up a small party and find some small gift to give her.  She would smile, particularly if her grandchildren, nieces…

I’ve been reading about the U.S. immigrant situation and the separation of children from their parents for the last two weeks. My response, from the safety of my own study, has been to sign petitions, send money to the ACLU, write testy letters to my own representatives which, in a purplish-blue state, involves preaching to […]…

The Straw

  According to folk wisdom, it only takes one straw to break a camel's back.  While I am not the most prolific of bloggers by any means, over the past year I have managed a few posts commenting on the state of this nation and the insanity that continues to build in the hollowed (formerly…

Road Map

Real Wrinkles First, of course, there are the real ones.  Wrinkles on my face, wrinkles on my elbows, wrinkly skin on the backs of my hands, and wrinkles in numerous other bodily areas that I am too polite and lady-like to discuss in detail.  (You may discover this to be a blatant lie if you…

Promises, Promises

  Usually I start thinking about possible New Year's resolutions right after Thanksgiving so I'll be prepared, but I don't have to take them seriously because any promises made right after a major holiday are null and void.  This applies to resolutions made before a major holiday, too, so between Halloween and New Year's Day,…

Speak Your Truth

אדוני said, "Let there be...." And there was... Even אדוני grew tired of speaking and rested. Keep speaking your truth Your words create worlds Nourished with understanding. Speak when you are able Be silent when you must. Rest when you are weary. Souls are fragile. Words are not. They are not lost. They travel in the…