Pruning My Butterfly Bush and Me

The dead blooms are beginning to overshadow the vibrant purple ones -again! Didn’t I just prune this bush last week? Well, maybe it was two weeks ago. It seems like the more I prune it, the more it grows. I’m tempted to save every little bud I see forming, gently removing  just the tips ofContinue reading “Pruning My Butterfly Bush and Me”

It was one of THOSE mornings…and then it got worse

  It was one of those mornings we all dread – the ones where you have to laugh so you won’t cry. You know the one – it starts with one child saying ” I can’t find my other shoe”, and another complaining,  “I can’t find my uniform tie”(and by the way my class isContinue reading “It was one of THOSE mornings…and then it got worse”

He Restores My Soul

He leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. So go the words from Psalm 23, verses I have heard in various forms all of my life. But I think I just finally GOT what those words really mean. He can’t restore your soul unless there is something missing. And in my early years,Continue reading “He Restores My Soul”

Snow Blocks, Ice Blocks, and Mental Blocks

Have you had some unexpected schedule changes this week due to the snow or ice? In many parts of the US, winter has shown its force, to the delight of many school children who have gotten several days off of school. Surprisingly, my kids were not happy the second day that school was canceled becauseContinue reading “Snow Blocks, Ice Blocks, and Mental Blocks”

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

Traditions. We all have them, from religious rituals to which kind of stuffing you expect with your Thanksgiving turkey.  Traditions are, by definition, customs that are handed down from one generation to the next. But is it possible to start new traditions? I have heard that with children, something becomes a tradition if you doContinue reading “Happy Rosh Hashanah!”

Flying Solo: Reflections on The Soloist

I think I am Hollywood’s dream audience member – I am profoundly moved by stories that I see played out on the big screen, particularly if I know they are true. While my filmmaker- wannabe husband is analyzing the lighting and camera angles, I am completely caught up in the story -  identifying with characters,Continue reading “Flying Solo: Reflections on The Soloist”

Shining through the Chaos

Three Days. A thousand entrepreneurs. One unforgettable experience. That was the tagline for Ali Brown‘s Shine event, held November 5-7 in Las Vegas, which I was privileged to attend after having won a scholarship by submitting a video about myself and my business. And for me it was an unforgettable and truly life-changing experience. IContinue reading “Shining through the Chaos”

Reflections in a Coffee Mug

Okay, I admit it. I like to be appreciated. I have always prided myself on not needing “the approval of man”, and have relied on my own sense of self-worth and the belief that if I was doing what God called me to, then that should be enough. But, I was betrayed. By a coffeeContinue reading “Reflections in a Coffee Mug”

The Secret Garden

A mysterious garden hidden behind a high brick wall, a key stashed away in a forgotten room, and a young, bored and curious girl set the stage for an exciting and engaging story. My favorite childhood novel was Francis Hodgson Burnett’s classic The Secret Garden. I think at the time I was drawn in byContinue reading “The Secret Garden”