2021 in Review

I’ve been trying to think of some deep, meaningful words to summarize the past year. The only thing I can come up with is “holding”. It hasn’t been a particularly good year. It hasn’t been terrible either. It’s just been medium. I know. Read the room, Angela. I suppose the absence of tragedy is something…

A Christmas Cure

No matter how compassionate; no matter how dedicated; no matter how well-meaning a doctor is: if the protocol he is following with an acutely ill patient is not the correct treatment for the disease; that patient will still die. So it is with our world, I think. People are searching. They want to know what…

It’s a Wonderful Life (or it can be!)

I just watched “It’s a Wonderful Life” for the first time last night. I know, I know. I think the opening scene with blinking stars talking to each other put me off enough to change the channel in the past, but they were talking about how…wonderful…it was on my favorite podcast so I decided to…

Oh Holy Night

Holy. Do you feel the wonder of the vast, starry sky spread out above the stable that night two thousand years ago? All of heaven intently focused on this ramshackle outbuilding, watching as generations-old prophecies took on flesh and breathed his first human breath? Holy. For those of us who aren’t the promised Messiah, holy…

Merry Christmas, Jerks!

We are quick to put others in boxes these days. We’ve all been guilty of it. We’ve been judged and been found wanting. We’ve judged others just as mercilessly and decided they aren’t worth our energy anymore. You’ve been a jerk to people this past couple years. Unless your crowd is thoroughly tight-lipped with their…

The Beautiful Christmas Tree

Once upon a time, on a tree farm not so far away, there was a very beautiful Christmas tree. She grew alongside many rows of pines, firs, and spruce, some of whom were quite pleasing to look at, but she was the loveliest tree of them all, and she knew it. The tree farmer, a…

Rainy Days

I smiled to myself when I checked the weather this morning. Guess I wouldn’t have to do my usual walk after seeing Audrey off on the school bus.I’d just have to come back inside and snuggle up under the covers with my coffee. DARN! And then, of course, I stepped outside and it was just…

Knotty

I’m a knotty girl. I mean it. I get a massage once a month out of necessity and it. is. not. relaxing. I never know how many knots and sore muscles I have until I visit what I semi-affectionately call “Candy’s House of Pain”. As I lay there being tortured for what seems like eternity,…

Sorry Not Sorry

Do you know what I’m over? Listening to people say conservatives are bad people. If it makes you mad that conservatives don’t agree with killing children in the womb, allowing impressionable and developing youth to irreversibly alter their bodies, teaching our kids they’re all racist and probably born in the wrong body, and mandating that…

Come What May

Maybe it’s the fresh air from the open window and the bright beauty of hot pink roses spilling over the neighbor’s fence. Maybe it’s the sunlight dappling the yellow and red and brown and green of fall leaves. Maybe it’s the perfect cup of coffee and the coziness of the throw blanket I’m snuggled under….