I Love the Winter Weather – not really

I confess I am a person who likes winter from Thanksgiving through the first week of January, aka, The Holidays. And then, I’m done. The truth is I am not a cold-weather person at all. I can take the summer heat way better. My cold-weather life improved when I discovered UGGs. My feet stay warm,…

Seasons Greetings

Tomorrow is Christmas Day–the day of Jesus’ birth. The day we celebrate friends and family. Goodwill on Earth. This is a favorite Christmas movie of Vicki’s. The story of a baby’s birth in an auto court in the 1950’s. Follow the link to youTube and watch. You’ll laugh and cry, especially at the end. 🙂…

Gorgeous New England

We got back late on October 11 from a 7 day trip to Maine followed by 3 days in New Hampshire. Our last trip was in 2018. We’ve been fortunate to make almost twenty trips to New England starting with my first year as an elementary school principal. I lived in Massachusetts when I was…

Clean-up and the “H” Word

You may be wondering how clean-up, especially doggie poo clean-up, is inspirational? It’s a stretch. LOL. Hang on, and let’s think a bit. Recently, I participated in a Zoom chat with friends. The topic segued into a discussion on I “hate” projects. The “H” word was used multiple times, and my thinking turned to—I don’t…

Defining Courage

Definition of Courage: the strength of character; will power; daring; fortitude.

Normal

I usually blow off comments about “normal” by quoting something I heard long ago… “Normal is just a setting on the dryer.” ~unknown But as much as I love that line, I’m putting it aside today while sharing some of my thoughts about life getting back to normal. I believe the time has come to…

Sunday Lines: Sunday, November 22

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WHEN YOU VEER OFF THE PATH Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. “Nothing can dim the light which shines from within.” ~ Maya Angelou Jacquie Biggar  Losing one’s way can lead…

Sunday Lines: Sunday, November 8

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WHEN YOU VEER OFF THE PATH Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. Optimism is essential to achievement and it is also the foundation of courage and true progress. ~ Nicholas M….

Sunday Lines: Sunday, October 11

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors with the theme WHEN THE ROAD GETS BUMPY. Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.” ~ Hannah Moore Sharon Wray…

Sunday Lines: Sunday, June 26

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors. Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. “Never let the odds keep you form doing the things in your heart you know you were meant to do.” ~H. Jackson Brown Reggi Allder “Aaah, summer –…

Don’t hate me. I don’t like playing Monopoly.

My sisters and I grew up playing board games-Clue, Battleship, Guess Who?, Operation, and Candyland. We worked puzzles. Did crafts. Huge readers. But I never liked Monopoly. It took FOREVER to play. And I never won. I guess the odds and the rules of real estate were against me. We also played cards-Go Fish, Crazy…

Sunday Lines: Sunday, June 19

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors. Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. “Live in the sunshine. Swim in the sea. Drink in the wild air.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Marsha West “Life is like a bicycle; you must keep moving…

Still rolling after all these years!

This month I’m celebrating the 16th birthday of my car. That’s right, my car! Now, I generally try not to get too attached to inanimate objects and “stuff.” But this car has been just about the best purchase ever. It turns 16 this month, and it also just rolled over 220,000 miles. I don’t want…

Sunday Lines: Sunday, June 12

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors. Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. “When I figured out how to work my grill, it was quite a moment. I discovered that summer is a completely different experience when you know how to…

Sunday Lines: Sunday, June 5

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors. Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. “Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.” ~ Fred Rogers S. A. Taylor “The beautiful spring came, and…

Sunday Lines: Sunday, May 29

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors. Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. “By the end of high school I was not of course an educated man, but I knew how to try to become one.” – Clifton Fadiman Janet Leigh…

Mandala Messages for Sad Times

On my own blog yesterday, I posted the hard stuff. Here’s the link if you want to check it out. And Once Again | Marsha R. West, Author (wordpress.com) Today on our WORD BY WORD Blog, I want to share uplifting thoughts. These are all Mandela Messages by Donna Bearden. Here’s the link to her…

Sunday Lines: Sunday, May 22

Here are a few encouraging #SundayLines provided by our #WordbyWord authors. Interested in learning more? Click on the pictures below to gain more insight into each author. “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day. When it’s cold outside, I’ve got the month of May.” ~ Smokey Robinson Janet Leigh “Optimism is the faith that leads…

Bookish Questions too

I’ve been thinking about “book related” questions and have a few to ask you. Free Books: Free Books abound right now, many produced by new-to-me authors as giveaways for contests. I admit I have discovered new authors this way and have been enticed by their storytelling craft to buy other of their books. That’s not…