Surfing a Lighthouse

A little something inspired by Suzanne Burke’s “Fiction in A Flash Challenge!”  Week #7 .   Here is the photo prompt that brought this to mind.   Of all the times they’d gone to the Outer Banks, they had never strayed far from shore. They snorkeled. They beachcombed. They took the sail board lessons but never hang […]

#WATWB June 2020

Yes, it’s the last Friday of the month, when bloggers unite to post some happy/good apolitical news. It’s all part of the We Are the World Blogfest. As the catch-line and movie title from Monty Python ages ago said–“And now for something completely different.” Some, in the negative camp, often say “no good deed goes […]

Senses That Trigger Place Memories

Ask me and I’ll tell you, I’m not big on poetry–reading it or writing it. I’ve been exposed to more lately. Made me think that maybe, just maybe, I should putter around with it now and then.  We live high atop a New Mexico hill now. We lived and vacationed on the East Coast in […]

#WATWB May 2020–Recognizing Those Who Wear Masks

It’s the last Friday of a month–the day to offer good news from the We Are the World Blogfest There are so many people and organizations worthy of recognition during the pandemic sweeping the world. Frontline medical professionals. Support staff at hospitals or health centers. EMTs, food pantries, grocery store workers, delivery people and so […]

Muriel and the Water Buffalo

Been gone so long! Busy, busy, busy. Too busy. Things that took priority. They’re mostly all done now.  Then came the sign. Must get back to writing. Projects WAY overdue. Let’s start with this. I’ll be back connecting with everyone too, soon.  Jim walked into a backyard, an unfamiliar one. Unlike the one behind his house […]

Compassion begins at an early age #WATWB

On December 1st, here is November’s We Are the World’s Blogfest post.    Hatred must be learned–it’s not genetic. What about compassion? CNN offered this from affiliate KAKE on two young boys who became friends: The first day of school can be nerve-wracking. Especially when not everyone has such supportive classmates. Two elementary school boys […]

Wild Things Are Among Us

Bobcats, Snakes and Spiders They were here before us and live here still. The cats, reptiles and arachnids mind their business and we mind ours. There are others too–the roadrunners, the quail, the elk and the deer–to mention just a few. The spiders have been with us all along–the occasional tarantula climbing the stucco-covered walls […]

#WATWB–Foster Otter Moms

It’s that time again–the end of the month when we celebrate good news via the We Are the World Blogfest. This one’s a little different inasmuch as it’s otters doing the good deeds, albeit with the aid of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Rosa and Selka get lots of attention in their starring roles at the public […]

#WATWB August 2019–The Carter Center Liberia’s Mental Health Program

Liberia’s Growing Mental Health Workforce Gives Greater Access for Youth and Young Adults Seeking Care A news release  from The Carter Center reports: Eighteen clinicians specializing in child and adolescent mental health graduated today at the Deana Kay Isaacson School of Midwifery in Zwedru, Grand Gedeh County in southeastern Liberia. The class training was developed […]