Grandma and the Christmas Skeletons

It’s Thursday afternoon, and I’m helping my mom package some dolls she’s sold on eBay while the boys try to coax their aunt’s pet snake out of the woodchips carpeting the bottom of his terrarium.  I see a large skeleton still hanging on my parents’ kitchen curtain rod (I come by mytaking-holiday-decorations-down procrastination honestly), and I tell the kids to go check it out because they have a weird love affair with skeletons....more


Daily Prompt: Perspective by michelle w. on November 20, 2013...more

Mondays Child Poem

“What does a day mean?  Compare your family or friends to the days of the week.  Who is a Monday?  A Friday?  A Sunday?” Random Daily Writing Prompt Generator...more

Grandparents are awesome and necessary and maybe even crucial to evolution

My son is lucky enough to have three sets of grandparents, and they all love him immeasurably. He has individual names for all of them (Grandma & Grandpa, Nana & GrandBob, Pap-Pap and Anya), and he relishes his time with each of them. He talks to them on the phone, sees them in person whenever possible and looks at pictures of them as I tell him stories. We talk often about how important they are in his life....more

Two years later

 I did my first Nablopomo two years ago when our first grandson was born,  That November was one of the scariest, most uncertain times of our lives.  Because of a life-threatening birth defect, CDH, our grandson spent the first eight months of his life in the NICU.  He's had several major surgeries and a few minor ones.  He breathed with the help of a ventilator until a couple of months ago.  He is still tube-fed.  ...more

Happy Veteran's Day! Sweethearts Reunited When WWII Letter Arrives 69 Years Later

In the days of high-speed Internet and fast-paced everything,it’s hard to understand what it must have been like to experience WWII — either as a service member or as those friends and family members left behind to wonder....more
katyinacorner It's so beautiful. What a great story! -Momomore

Switching Names

If you had to switch your first name, what name would you choose and why? ~~~~~~~~ When I was growing up, I hated, not just my first name, but my entire name.  Debra; it was just too boringly plain.  Bring in my middle name, Lynn; just how much boringly plain can names be.  Anyway, what could I do about it?  My dad always, and still does today, calls me ‘Sis’.  I love him for it, but it was his last name that was a cause of grief for me many times....more

I.m leading a workshop next weekend on Art and Spirituality

 I am going to Pennsacola, FL, next weekend (Nov 16) to lead a retreat on Art and Spirituality. We will use several different art media (and movement) to explore our spiritual journeys. It is a subject I have taught for many years. I am always moved by how the art brings out the crucial issues. And people find a new way to find the Holy....more

Finding Gratitude Out of Sorrow and Loss

It’s been about 10 months since my mother lost her battle with cancer.  I still remember the day in August 2011 when we found out she had cancer like it was yesterday. Mom had been having issues and was at the doctor’s. She called me in tears because a routine test was, well, moving on to more tests. It scared her and suddenly our first week of homeschool just didn’t seem important at all....more

Study shows brain training can increase multitasking abilities in older adults

A study published in the Sept. 4, 2013 edition of found that older adults (ages 60 to 85) significantly increased their ability to multitask with a brain-training video game.The game, called NeuroRacer, created lasting results (measured 6 months later) and showed the incredible plasticity of "the prefrontal cognitive control system in the aging brain."In fact, these older adults scored higher than untrained 20-year-old participants....more