Small things

By Pat Amsden As the world opens up, with many of us vaccinated, many of us are considering travel at some point, and events. There may be a wedding in the family, or of friends. These are all wonderful things. Just for a moment though, I ask you to celebrate the small things.  Ice Cream…

It’s Perfect!

Handsome and I love to watch movies. Over Memorial weekend, we traveled to our favorite spot for some quiet time. TCM and a few other channels were showing lots of war movies. I watched some I had never seen before. Not long before that, TCM hosted a series about courtroom dramas. One, Handsome had never…

What do you do with disappointments?

Disappointments. Pesky little things that can derail a person’s well-planned life, and yet with the right perspective that sometimes only time and distance can give, a failure can, in fact, morph into valuable insight. There are a number of sayings that cover the subject of this message. The most recognizable is probably that “every dark…

Daring to imagine possibilities!

“You are daring to imagine that you could have a different life.” That’s a quote from the movie “You’ve Got Mail.” When all the odds are stacked against Kathleen Kelly and she finally admits defeat and decides to close her small bookshop, her mother’s friend offers those words of encouragement. Change often requires a little…

Defining Courage

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

Once in a Lifetime?

Often when unusual life events happen, people say it is “once in a lifetime.” If the event was horrible, we vow to remember and take precautions. I’ve gone without heat before and without power for four days when temps reached 100. But nothing like what happened recently in Texas-a horrid freeze blanketed the whole state….

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…

Cut yourself some slack

On the first Tuesday of every month, I’m “supposed” to post a blog entry here on Word By Word. But I’m running a bit late, because over the last week or so life got complicated and much sleep was missed. Stuff piled up. My emotional and creative wells hadn’t run dry, but I just couldn’t…