Category Archives: Friendship

“The Soul Always Finds A Way”



My soul always finds a way to talk to me. If not through the written dialogue I have with it, then through something that stirs my heart. Of course, there’s always the ones that come from a sermon or great speech, and who can deny the word of god when he speaks to us through the bible. However, I find the most powerful ones come from the unexpected places like the profound words of a friend or something I’m reading totally unrelated to anything. They’re simple words or statements that jump out at me like a neon sign. It is my soul getting a word in edgewise, anyway it can.

In the past week, two statements did such a thing, and when I put them together they created a beautiful message to live by. The first simple noted the words out of a sentence, “The ease of Grace.” It reminded me of a well-oiled clock running smoothly as each mechanism glides together as it was created to do. That’s how life works when we’re not trying to wind the clock in the wrong direction.

The second part came after I made the comment, “I’m good for something,” and my friend says, “You’re good for a lot more then you realize.” Today, the words from a sentence jumped out at me again, “Be who you are here to be.”

“Okay, okay, I get the message, Soul.”

To be

who you are here to be,

appricate first who are,

and the ease of grace

will follow

flowing gently

through the soul

that you are.


“The Infectious Love Bug”



There is not only an infectious love fever going around this time of year with Valentine Day on the horizon, but spring fever is in the air as well. They both involve one big symptom, LOVE, and with all the flu and viruses going around this is one feverish infection I don’t mind catching.

While the Valentine cards we get in the mail will come and go, the gardening magazines and seed catalog’s will give us something longer lasting to read through, plan with, and dream about. We could all use a few dreams of sunshine and warmer weather about now, don’t you agree?

It was my Dad who taught me the love of gardening, but it was a special friend who taught me how the love of gardening could be compared to friendship. In a card she sent me many years ago she wrote that, “Friends are like flowers in the garden of life.” She taught me that our friendships need the same care and nurturing that our gardens do if we want them to continue blooming.

Every year at this time I think of her as my garden magazine’s and seed catalogs come in the mail. It’s a time not only to plan my gardens, but also to check-in with how well I’ve been nurturing and tending my friendships.

Whether it’s the love of your honey, family, friends or the things you enjoy doing where there is love everything in life blossoms .

This is dedicated to you my dear friend…Denise.

“Update Of My Unworkshop”


I was up till 12 last night writing. I was on a roll and didn’t want to stop. Then I got up early to do yoga in the loft of the barn with Didi. She’s a gentle soul that just seemed to have a calming affect on me. 

I hung around in the loft after we were done and journaled for a bit until breakfast was ready downstairs. I sat with two other ladies, Liz who took me under her wing the first day I got here. She’s been very encouraging and helpful directing me toward supportive networks and books to read on how to write memoir. Then there’s Carmine who reached out to me introducing herself and always pulling me into the conversation making me feel a part of the people here. All 3 ladies are leaving today. I shall miss them, but they’ve helped to get me off to a good start as I feel more comfortable meeting the new people coming in.  

Today will be my 3rd full day here, and I can’t say enough about how at home I feel. They do everything they can to make you comfortable. For instance, I’m short as some of you already know. So, my desk is too high, my chair too low. So we tried a few chairs to on for size. They were all too low. Then we tried some different tables, and they were still too high. Finally we found a chair and it was…just right…as Goldilocks said after trying out all the furniture in the three bears house. Lol

Speaking of bears there’s all kinds of story’s about bears around here. One lady heard something rubbing up against her cabin and was afraid to look out the window. 

She later learned from the lady staying next to her that she did indeed see a bear walking between their cabins. Yikes! Maybe staying in the lodge isn’t such a bad thing after all.

 I started to go for a walk down a path until it became too enclosed on both sides by the woods. I chickened out and turned around thinking I might look like a plump juicy treat to one of those bears. 

The word is that no ones every been attacked by one yet. I think I’ll play it safe anyway and stay close to my surroundings. 

“Weaving The Tapestry Of Our Friendships”


Silence is one of the golden threads in the tapestry of our friendship.

Mindfulness is the needle that weaves the threads of thought together.

How we think,listen and respond determines how bright our friendships shine.

“My Spicy Friend”


Today I had a visit from a friend. 
As I opened the door came a gentle wind,
And the smell of spices followed her in.

I was reminded of the years that have passed us by.
The things she taught me that I could never deny.
How could I forget the herbs and spices of life. 
How to grow them and use them for their treasured delight. 

These are the things that she taught me to do.
To simple wear earrings if nothing else. 
And how to make strawberry jam to put on the shelf. 
How to share the good times as well as the bad.
To be who you are even when you’re feeling sad.

Our friendship has weathered the many years gone by.
As we tasted the herbs and spices of life.  
And who could forget the shared glasses of wine
For these are the things that get better with time, 
and I’m grateful to call you a friend of mine.

“Friendships of Understanding”


understanding friendship

In so doing we validate one another for who we are, and it gives us the freedom to be true to ourselves as well. But it’s true that not everyone is going to like us or understand us. And you know what, that’s ok too. We don’t have to spend our life trying to be for others what we think they want us to be. There’s not much we can do about that. Friendships do require effort, but they shouldn’t feel hard to hold together. So why not put your efforts where they are the most appreciated. Friendships shouldn’t be hard, and if they are then there’s not much understanding to work with.