Thursday, November 30, 2017

Exploring Art and Culture (Native American Heritage)

This series...

Exploring Art and Culture

is proving to be an amazing
opportunity to

learn about

our similarities
our differences
our cultures

with one another

Native American Heritage Month
"Certain things catch your eye, but
pursue only those that capture the heart"

-Native Proverb

The gathering drum to summons the tribe
"Throw me to the wolves and
I will return leading the pack"
-Native Proverb

Friday, November 24, 2017

Thanksgiving 2017

You rang the doorbell

then stood and waited


holding a pie your mother had baked
Thanksgiving 1998

I introduced you and...
you stayed

Thanksgiving 2017
holding a pie your mother had baked


walking into their house

our children following

grateful that although we started as strangers
we are now family



with our...


Thanksgiving 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Not Flowers... He Brings Me Leaves

I wrote "Crunching Leaves" on November 15, 2013

The following morning this happened...

November 16, 2013

One single red leaf

hanging on

to the front of her car as she pulled into my driveway

and parked

and as
the tears started


(one at a time, at first, then in streams)

I had to give thanks
for how God

tells me
reminds me
shows me

every time
He brings leaves

(originally posted 11/16/13 at 8:26pm)

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Crunching Leaves (My Thanksgiving Repost)

We held hands
shared apple pie
and crunched leaves in the hospital courtyard

I believe that it was his way of letting me know it was ok


keep moving
keep living
keep enjoying the moments of life

even though we had to leave her there... again

Doctors were giving up
but 35 years later, and yet she lives

She lives
I live
we live...

all because He lives

This time of year always reminds me
(that just like those leaves)

we are still here for

a reason...
a season...

And as they start 

turning beautiful colors
falling off of trees
and blowing in the wind

they float to a soft landing where they wait for

that final crunch
that final "surrender"
that final "thank you"

Life is like that...

we grow
we mature
we change

and just as we are starting to get the hang of it
it is time for us to let go and sail away with the wind

That's what life and crunching leaves is all about...

understanding and acknowledging

the surrender
the process of dying out to bad habits and old ideas
the letting go of one's self and becoming selfless...

in preparation for that final crunch

We are always reminded of that during this time of year

And as life keeps changing

leaves keep


I am reminded that I am still here for a reason, a season

and so as they surrender,
so do I


I am grateful for...

another day
another chance
another opportunity to

hold hands
share apple pie
and crunch leaves

I'm So Thankful

(originally posted 11/15/13)