“Trees are the earth’s endless effort to speak to the listening heaven.” ~ Rabindranath Tagore. One of the features of growing up in a large family is the noise.  Shouting, laughing, arguing, crying, the only time the poor parents have peace is when all the children are asleep.  Which reminds me of the Jamaican t-shirt […]

“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.” ~ Edgar Allan Poe. I am a pragmatist by nature.  It was when my children were finishing high school and thinking of college and their future careers that I realized that when it comes to job security, I favor the […]

“Your sacred space is where you can find yourself again and again.” ~ Joseph Campbell. When I was young, one of my aunts sent me a book of poetry.  At first I was a little upset.  I loved to get books of short stories, fairy tales, children’s magical adventures.  Poetry not so much!  It was […]

“We are stardust, we are golden, we are billion year old carbon” ~ Joni Mitchell. When I first decided I wanted to write I bought a subscription to a magazine called Writer’s Digest.  There were many helpful articles such as how to get published, how to jumpstart ideas, and other tips and suggestions.  I had […]

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.” ~ Saint Augustine. Seventy-seven years ago today, a man in his early thirties made a promise that has been repeated over and over again since that Sunday in Salem Congregational Church: “Tomorrow, by God’s grace, I will light a […]

“You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.” ~ Brene Brown. I have always admired poetry.  If I were a poet I would choose my words with care, then slice and dice and splice lines together so clean and pretty it would take your breath away.  Those words […]

“Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.” ~ Robert Morgan. I have nothing but fond memories of my days as a student nurse.  In the traditional way, student nurses spent most of their time on the wards, having a work schedule just like any other employee.  In fact, before I had been […]