Blog, Choices, Control, Life Defining Moments, Writers, Writing

The Story of a Girl (Part One)

Have you ever wondered just how much the Universe is capable of conspiring to make something happen…to make something come true? To bring two people together… When you’re chalking things up to the Universe, do you include the good, bad and everything in between? Must you? Do you need to experience the bad, to get… Continue reading The Story of a Girl (Part One)

Blog, Happy, Marriage, Memoir, Relationships, Writers, Writing

You & Me We Are Destined You’ll Agree

To spend the rest of our lives With each other The rest of our days Like two lovers Forever yeah, forever…  But how does this happen? How does a relationship evolve into a marriage that withstands the tests of time and seems, to anyone observing it, to have been destiny? I’m certain of only one… Continue reading You & Me We Are Destined You’ll Agree

Blog, Canada, Family, Happy, Memoir, Writers, Writing

You Don’t Know Me

How well does anybody know anybody? What's TMI***? There is definitely such a thing! Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know. – Daniel J. Boorstin I've shied away from writing here in what I've come to see as the dreaded (by some) listicle form. Listicle: a listicle is a short-form of writing that uses… Continue reading You Don’t Know Me

Blog, Canada, Memoir, Miriam Waddington, Poetry, Relationships, Writers, Writing

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered am I

When certain words stay with us it's natural and easy to wonder or question why? What about them rang so true, hit so close to home, touched us so deeply?   Hi there! I'm currently at work on a piece, a follow-up to last week's piece on happiness....on unhappiness. And also a one or two… Continue reading Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered am I

Blog, Family, Happy, Kindness, Memoir, Wishes, Wishing, Writers, Writing

Make Just One Someone Happy

…And you will be happy, too http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fznw-AGoENo   Preface Sometimes I chalk energy and having lots of it, up to things like; adrenalin, a good night’s sleep, cardio, eating lots of nutrient-rich foods, spending time outdoors in the sunshine…because they are all proven. But happiness can bring energy up, and conversely unhappiness can bring energy… Continue reading Make Just One Someone Happy

Blog, Memoir, Nature Photography, North Carolina, Travel, Vacation, Writers, Writing

The Ocean Breathes Salty

…won't you carry it in? In your head, in your mouth, in your soul.   Do you ever feel like that? It’s been my experience that people tend to belong in one of two camps; Mountains or Beach. However, I’ve met lovers of both. There are certainly many reasons to love both. It may directly… Continue reading The Ocean Breathes Salty

Andie Walsh, Blog, Pretty in Pink, Wish, Wishes, Wishing, Writers, Writing

Every Wish

...Who said that every wish, Would be heard and answered, When wished on the morning star — Kermit the Frog   Ah, making a wish. I've always been a big believer in the power of wishing! I guess you could call it the power of positive thinking, if that’s not trademarked? I also practice attributing… Continue reading Every Wish

Blog, Family, Happy, Life Defining Moments, Motherhood, Unconditional Love, Writers, Writing

May Good Luck Go With You, And Happiness Too

Someone asked me how it feels having become the mother of a twenty-three year old today. How does it feel? Let’s see…it feels weird. I remember being twenty-three myself and it doesn’t feel like it was that long ago. So it also reminds me about my own aging, of course. That does, and my knees… Continue reading May Good Luck Go With You, And Happiness Too

Anxiety, Blog, Loss, Memoir, Stroke Survivor, Struggle, Writers, Writing

I’ve Got Some Questions

What if your life changed in a mere second? Or in just a few precious minutes? What if much of the life you knew was gone? How would you look at yourself? Would you blame someone or something? Would you blame yourself? Would you hide from the world? Would you hate yourself? Would you hate… Continue reading I’ve Got Some Questions

Blog, Memoir, Stroke Survivor, Struggle, Writing

‘Coz I’m So Tired

'Coz I'm So Tired       [a kind of poem] I'm tired of the way my face still feels numb, and of how every little hair that brushes it tickles it beyond my capacity to ignore I'm tired of the way my hand clamps up when I'm trying to do something crucial, at the very… Continue reading ‘Coz I’m So Tired

Blog, Family, Life Defining Moments, Writers, Writing

It Seems Night Endlessly Begins & Ends

  As parents, one of our main goals is, [among the many, many goals], to keep our children safe. To raise and take care of them from before they’re born, until they are full-grown and thriving. Fresh in my mind are the journeys of three different sets of parents [all are people I do not… Continue reading It Seems Night Endlessly Begins & Ends

Blog, Canada, Family, Happy, Teen Years, Writers, Writing

…An 80’s Girl

Being in high school in 1988 meant, yep, I was an 80's Girl! I believe this photo says it all? Not the Punk Eighties, the later years, closing in on the Nineties by this time...but still Eighties. Before deciding to blog about it, I was just visually dissecting it. How many things can I find… Continue reading …An 80’s Girl

Blog, Canada, Family, Loss, Struggle, Unconditional Love, Writers, Writing

I Can Smile at the Old Days

  Sunday was ‘National Grandparents Day’. The general public may or may not be aware of this. I can’t honestly say that I remember it every year, or even most years, and I’m fairly certain I only ever knew about it at all because of a few teachers who had their class celebrate it when… Continue reading I Can Smile at the Old Days

Blog, Family, Lifestyle, Marriage, Memoir, Relationships, Validation, Writing

Love Takes Time…

No matter how busy you are, you must take time to make the other person feel important. — Mary Kay Ash Life is generally a pretty busy balancing act of daily living. Sometimes things that are important to us, I mean really meaningful and precious aspects of our lives, can get pushed out of the… Continue reading Love Takes Time…

Blog, Happy, Lifestyle, Loss, Memoir, Stroke Survivor, Struggle, Writing

The Human Tragedy Consists in the Necessity of Living with the Consequences

  I gave myself a pep-talk the other day; a look-me-in-the-eye, in-my-face kind of pep-talk. I think I need to do that more often. Most of us probably could use them more often. Sometimes I suddenly think about the fact that I am me, and it kind of hits me right then…I am me…all the… Continue reading The Human Tragedy Consists in the Necessity of Living with the Consequences

Blog, Kindness, Lifestyle, Ram Dass, Self-Acceptance, Self-Judgement, Struggle, Writing

When Life is Hard You Have to Change

Have you ever practiced turning people into trees? This is the most profound and succinctly put idea or teaching that I've read in a long time, and I like to read a fair bit of this type of thinking. This was Ram Dass speaking about self judgement. His name sounds as if he was possibly a 13th-Century… Continue reading When Life is Hard You Have to Change

Blog, Canada, Family, Loss, Memoir, Nova Scotia, Stroke Survivor, Struggle, Vacation, Writers, Writing

I Will Remember You, Will You Remember Me?

Don't let your life pass you by…Weep not for the memories… I have been remiss; I missed posting a blog last Tuesday, and believe me I felt kind of awful about it. I didn’t forget, not at all, but as I mentioned I’ve been traveling and spending as much time with family as possible. And,… Continue reading I Will Remember You, Will You Remember Me?

Blog, Canada, Family, Happy, Lifestyle, Memoir, Nature Photography, Summer, Travel, Vacation, Writing

In the Summertime When the Weather is Hot

  I’m sitting here lakeside today, our last full day here at the “compound”. My husband and much of his immediate family are scattered around enjoying this beautiful summer day. In a couple of cases there are three generations present. Currently two nephews, a niece and her friend are out playing together in the paddle… Continue reading In the Summertime When the Weather is Hot

Blog, Happy, Lifestyle, Maine, Memoir, Nature Photography, Summer, Travel, Vacation, Writing

Long Hot Days, Cool Sea Haze

Jukebox plays… You know those movies and episodes of television shows set in little seaside enclaves, filled with beach rentals, sand sculptures, clam bakes and ice cream stands, right? Places like Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Myrtle Beach and Old Orchard. The idea is such an archetypal part of a classic American summer. I’m sure it’s not… Continue reading Long Hot Days, Cool Sea Haze

Anxiety, Arizona, Blog, Family, Lifestyle, Memoir, Writing

I Left My Wallet…in El Segundo

According to the website dreammoods.com, “to dream that you've lost your wallet indicates that you’re possibly losing touch with your true identity. You are experiencing some anxiety over changes and uncertainties happening in your life.” Actually misplacing or losing your wallet is to actually lose your identity…well, at least your ID, and has been known… Continue reading I Left My Wallet…in El Segundo