The last several days have been incredibly difficult–five deaths affecting people near and dear to me. It takes its toll. Yesterday, I wanted to blog about something hopeful, but I didn’t have the energy to pull a bit of light out of me. After a fitful night, I woke up and recalled a stack of … Continue reading We Are Infinite Because of Love
Today’s Kindness Prompt: Listen with your heart. Earlier today, I listened to gospel artist Jessica Reedy share a bit of her story before performing her song “Better.” She told of going through a difficult period in her life and keeping the pain to herself. She wondered if people could see her pain, if they could look … Continue reading Kindness Week Day 6: Listen with Your Heart
Thalassophile (n.) a lover of the sea; someone who loves the sea, the ocean. Mondays are exhausting, so I thought you–like me–might need the calming blues and purples of the sea. The lovely postcard above was made especially for me by the personalized postcard queen–Trang K. She blesses so many with her art from the … Continue reading I Need the Ocean Because…Mondays are Exhausting
Isn’t this the most adorable piglet “sunning” beneath the brilliant rays of a sunflower? This postcard was beautifully made by the talented Trang K, who sent me a different sunflower few months ago. Trang wrote a long note, sweetly embellished with flourishes, doodled flowers, hearts, and a butterfly. She closed the card with, “You are a … Continue reading Speaking of Sunflowers…
One day I’m going to plan a mega tea party and invite all my pen friends. It would be wonderful to sit around and chat at length about our mutual interests, the pretty things we all love, and our lives in general. That is not feasible at the moment, so instead, I gather the letters and postcards received … Continue reading Let’s Meet for Tea!
My mailbox has been brimming with love and cheer all year. I thought I’d use the summer break to “catchup-blog” about snail mail, but summer will be over before that plan is fully realized. Therefore, I’ll just blog as the mood hits me. And right now, I’ve been hit with the sunflower bug. One of … Continue reading Bring on the Sun!
Today’s Kindness Prompt: Be kind to yourself. When I began “Kindness Week,” I knew the prompt for the last post would focus on kindness to self. The words were in my spirit, but tonight as I was typing them, I realized the words felt familiar because I’d already written the post a year ago! I started to … Continue reading Kindness Week Day 7: Charge Your Inner Light
People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically…No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in –Rosa Parks My colleague, Dr. Ramona Hyman, always has “Montgomery” and its rich Civil Rights history “on [her] mind.” Thanks to her, … Continue reading “Montgomery on My Mind”
In my Mother’s Day post, I mentioned I had a Love Notes postcard earmarked for Father’s Day. We learn just as much from our fathers as we do from our mothers. Sometimes, the lessons are the same, sometimes very different. My penfriend Eileen V. wrote a list of 10 things her father taught her on … Continue reading Lessons From Dad
“The Sonnet-Ballad” by Gwendolyn Brooks Oh mother, mother, where is happiness? They took my lover’s tallness off to war, Left me lamenting. Now I cannot guess What I can use an empty heart-cup for. He won’t be coming back here any more. Some day the war will end, but, oh, I knew When he went … Continue reading In Memoriam: Fallen Soldiers, Lost Love