A Life Made of Crumbs

Image courtesy PixabayIn this story, I will attempt to weave together a stale Nutrigrain bar, a trip to Bermuda, the loneliness of mothering...more

Sure-fire Way To Handle Discouragement

Do you ever get discouraged?  The definition of discouragement is 1) the act of making something less likely to happen or of making people less likely to do something 2)  a feeling of having lost hope or confidenceIf that is the definition of discouragement, than what is the definition of encouragement?  It is:  1) the act of making something more appealing or more likely to happen 2) something that makes someone more determined, hopeful, or confident.  ...more

Dreams and Hope

“Hold fast to dreams, For if dreams die, Life is a broken-winged bird, That cannot fly.”Langston Hughes “Hope is the physician of each misery.”  ~Irish Proverb “Hope is the thing with feathersThat perches in the soul ...more


The rains did come in the night after all and continued through the morning.  There was nothing to do but to live and enjoy the goodness it brings - beauty for the eyes,   captured and saved by the camera....more

100 Words: Summer Soon

And then one day it arrived, bursting onto the scene with a flourish and startling their collective unconsciousness with its unexpected vibrancy. Suddenly even the simplest things seemed profound and delightful - greens were greener, the blue sky stretched for miles and the air smelled like warm honey. A feeling of hope - they'd forgotten about hope while bundled up against that long stretch of gray dankness - infused their spirits and brought joy to their hearts as they lifted their appreciative faces to the sun in anticipation. That day the world woke up and smiled again. ...more

Words left unsaid

The past tastes of sorrow and painA different boy had my heart then.When it came to the end, the words  unsaid left a bitter taste in my mouth.When it came to say goodbye on the phone, there was silence which was usually filled with “I love you”.The silence, the hesitation, the sigh, the hang up tone tore through me. It lay open the brokenness of our relationship.It exposed your unwillingness to fix it.All the things unsaid were enough to tear my world down. I could feel your disdain and what felt like hatred radiate from across our distance....more

A Story of Loss and Hope

When I was fifteen years old, my dad got sick. All of a sudden he was feeling terrible with a sinus infection that wouldn’t go away, and he was vomiting. They admitted him to the hospital for some tests. Those days are sort of a blur, I think that my mind has blocked a lot of it out to protect me, but I do remember some things. They tested him for tuberculosis, which came back negative. Then, cat scratch fever. I remember coming home from the hospital one day after running the tests for cat scratch fever, but before we got the results....more

World Autism Awareness (or Acceptance) Day: Hope and More Hope for Autism Parents Like Me

Every time I hear Coldplay's song "Clocks," I cry. It's a conditioned reaction; a rocket back to 2003, when "Clocks" was ever-present on the radio, my son had just been diagnosed with autism, and all anyone would tell me was that my life was going to be a shitstorm of misery—and so was his. I cry when I hear "Clocks" because I'm instantly wracked with that phantom hopelessness and depression. I cry because the system that was supposed to support and protect my son looked at us quizzically and shrugged....more
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Hearts with two homes, or homeless by heart. . .

Beyond the pain of loss, there is hope; the man we no longer want as a husband is and always will be the man our daughters love and need as a father. Past the cruelty, intimidation, and ridicule of what was a marriage, is now a life for them !  Happy to be a mom of three, hopeful and insightful, and aware - wanting my girls to be filled with joy for all the promise their young lives hold...more


The past two days..but yesterday specifically was the first time since December that I had hope... ....hope that the snow in our backyard would finally melt ....hope that I won't have to keep my faucets on a constant drip at night to prevent the pipes from freezing ....hope that the girls will get to breathe in more fresh air than just what we get from the car to the door ....hope that this soul-crushing winter will end someday.......more