Inspirational People · Monday Muchness

Pickin’ Wildflowers

I said I wanna touch the earth I wanna break it in my hands I wanna grow something wild and unruly I wanna sleep on the hard ground In the comfort of your arms On a pillow of bluebonnets In a blanket made of stars Lyrics from “Cowboy Take Me Away” by Martha Maguire, Marcus… Continue reading Pickin’ Wildflowers

Adventures in Imperfection

One Hot (Yoga) Mess of a Mama

lines~~curves shadows~~light yin~~yang good days~~bad days Our lives are a ballet among contrasting landscapes and emotional highways. One moment, we are screaming down a back road in a sweet Chevelle with the windows rolled down and our hair flying everywhere. The next instant, we are pulled over getting a speeding ticket. The day is ruined.… Continue reading One Hot (Yoga) Mess of a Mama

Adventures in Imperfection

Hike: A Guest Post by Kristen Rybandt

In the first five minutes of our hike, we saw a dead mole, a tiny wet organ that looked like a roasted red pepper and a tree with He’s Watching scrawled across its trunk. If I hadn’t been so excited about the tuna fish sandwiches and snacks we’d brought, I would have seen them for… Continue reading Hike: A Guest Post by Kristen Rybandt

Adventures in Imperfection · Freestyle Friday

Life Lessons on the Deck of a Longboard

Instructions for Living Life~ Pay attention Be astonished Tell about it ~Mary Oliver **** So many things make me toes-up-in-the-air happy. The scent of lilacs A pop-up thunderstorm Spools of Nutscene twine Red rust patches on an old tin roof Good wine and great friends The slant of moonbeams and Orion’s Belt in a clear sky Baby… Continue reading Life Lessons on the Deck of a Longboard

Adventures in Imperfection

Duck, Duck – Cat?

 Ducks and rows and herding cats Lists and notes  and panic attacks This week started similar to the couple before  – country music, tears, and a 5:00 a.m. trek to the airport. I was tired of the job, sick of being away from home, and worried that I had fatally wounded a friendship. Throw in a chainsaw accident (Scott) and a black… Continue reading Duck, Duck – Cat?

Adventures in Imperfection

My Calm Before the Storm

  I can hear your whisper and distant mutter. I can smell your damp on the breeze and in the sky I see the halo of your violence. Storm I know you are coming. ― Robert Fanney ~~~~~ It feels like it could snow. I haven’t looked at a forecast or a weather radar, but there’s enough… Continue reading My Calm Before the Storm

Freestyle Friday

Guest Post: There’s No Place Like Home (Freestyle Friday)

Welcome to Freestyle Friday! Today’s Feature: My friend and co-worker, Susanne Langer, graciously agreed to provide today’s magic. Her message of love and family transcends the Christmas season she describes and extends beyond our own short time on Earth. Today’s Challenge: Susanne blogs outside the WordPress space, so please give her a warm welcome in… Continue reading Guest Post: There’s No Place Like Home (Freestyle Friday)

Adventures in Imperfection

The Little Engine that Could

Right now this family is composed of three train cars plus me and Macy Grey. In the sleeper car is my husband – sick with what appears to be influenza A. He’s finally asleep after a night of chills, fever and misery. In the coal car is my son – drained and depleted from a… Continue reading The Little Engine that Could

A Little More Serious

May He Rest In This Piece

I’m thrilled and honored to have written the following guest post for my friend at A Holistic Journey. The prompt was to write about someone who touched your life and changed it in big or small ways. What you’ll read is 500 words about a man who touched my family’s life. What you won’t read… Continue reading May He Rest In This Piece

Weekly Photo Challenge

The Perfect Day (Photo Challenge: Achievement)

  When I woke up yesterday, I knew it was going to be perfect. For one, I’d just finished getting an entire eight hours of sleep after accumulating a little less than that the two previous nights. I slept like the dead despite the fact that we now have a German Shorthaired Pointer in our bed because he… Continue reading The Perfect Day (Photo Challenge: Achievement)