Tattoos on our Hearts

I was asked to give the guest speaker  address at my daughter’s swim team banquet last night. Although humbled and honored to be asked, I was scared to speak to such a large crowd and afraid to embarrass myself in front of my community. But fear is the opposite of love so I did it […]

God Spent a Little Extra Time On You

God Spent a Little Extra Time On You

On a Tuesday in July I stand at one end of the pool with a stopwatch timing heat after heat of my daughter’s swim meet. It’s my favorite volunteer position because I get to watch all our swimmers up close. This is my third summer as a TPC Tiger Shark mother so I’ve come to […]

Interview with Author2Author

I was honored to talk with Bill over at Author2Author today. Here is the audio if you’re interested in hearing our discussion about writing. Enjoy. He’s a great interviewer. I had a blast.  

Scare Away the Dark

Scare Away the Dark

“To sing, sing at the top of your voice, Love without fear in your heart. Feel, feel like you still have a choice If we all light up we can scare away the dark.” ~ Passenger We hear them when they are still blocks away. There are eight of them altogether: six 11-year-olds and two […]

Just Keep Swimming

Just Keep Swimming

Ella and I check the weather forecast first thing Thursday morning. It calls for rain. Of course, we agree, chuckling. After weeks of nice weather, it will rain for our first swim meet. Swimming competitively in the northwest? Expect rain. Bring a sleeping bag for warmth between events. Plan on a towel for each event […]

The Silenced Bird

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.  ~ Maya Angelou I wake to the news of her passing. I’m not surprised. I knew she wasn’t well. I feared that at age […]

Guest Post – Author Will North – Love at First Sight?

Guest Post – Author Will North – Love at First Sight?

I’m excited and honored to feature novelist Will North as a guest writer on my blog today. He examines the age old question: Does love at first sight really exist? I like to think it does but the men who’ve claimed they fell in love with me at first sight seemed to fall just as […]

Miracles

Miracles

Last week I wrote a blog post about how difficult it is to tell your children they cannot do something they want desperately to do because of finances. In this case is was my oldest daughter’s desire to participate on our local swim team this summer – I had to tell her ‘no’. In my […]

My Mother Mask

My Mother Mask

“We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honor the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection.” Brene Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection I spend a lot of time and energy in the pursuit of courage […]

There is rain today; no need for wishing

There is rain today; no need for wishing

“Isn’t it love that keeps us breathing? Isn’t it love we’re sent here for?” Bonnie Raitt, You I wake to Nanci Griffith’s, “I Wish it Would Rain” playing like a jukebox between my ears. Eight lines in particular run through my mind as I brush my teeth and put on my workout clothes. Once I […]