left unexpressed…

Left unexpressed, ideas and feelings die. James (Sept.’17) “Communicating one’s thoughts keeps them alive.”

A WORK REFLECTION

In my salaried days there were certain aspects of the job that I would dread well in advance. I dreaded management review because it took 2 weeks to prep the data, and then the VP’s would try to pick at it. I dreaded Detroit because of the drive, GM, and the employee whining regarding GM. […]

MY HUSBAND’S LAST BOAT

My late husband, Ed, made model boats –maybe 4 or 5 of them –the year before he died. He stopped just two weeks before he passed. The boat is a model of one he and his cousin always went out on near Devil’s Lake Michigan when they were on vacation there as kids. In the […]

Patience…

Patience and persistence are keys to success. James (July ‘17) expands, “Difficult tasks may be completed if you stay with them.”

AMY’S TANGLES

AmyKaren (July ‘17) discusses what she “saw” first in her next totally black-and-white image, and the following mostly colored one. “The ‘violin tangles’ are about how my husband’s music died with him.  Ed did such beautiful, painstaking work creating those instruments which now will never be played or enjoyed. The maker is dead, and their […]

MARY WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN

According to the tradition surrounding the weather lore on our mountain, if it rains on the days Mary goes over the mountain in June, there will be rain throughout the summer. If Mary’s skirts weren’t wet, there would be no rain during the summer, but it would start up again on August 15 (traditionally known […]

Words and thoughts…

Words and thoughts cannot change the evolutionary process. James (June ‘17) adds, “Survival is the key to evolutionary change.”

AMY’S IMAGES

Editor’s Note: Following the recent passing of her husband, Amy Karen began making and coloring “Zen scribbles” while she watched Hallmark movies during evenings she now spent alone. In her notebook, I saw an emerging pattern: waves of painful grief and more peaceful resolution. Following her non-verbal “story,” this month she’ll comment on the three […]

MY SOCIAL SIDE

The social side of me probably comes from growing up in an isolated family. My parents had no social life together. Dad might work on a project with a cousin or work friend in the garage but it never lasted long. My mom visited only her family and when we went to see them, the […]

HENRY

My twenty-year-old tabby, Henry, has congestive heart failure, and I started talking to my vet two years ago about what to expect when Henry begins severe decline. The vet said that when it is his time, he will go quickly.  For these past few years, I’ve worried about this. What if he gets a blood […]