Category: Touches The Heart
Care always needs to be given when you are working with an old tattered robe. Washing it too much can take the life right out of it, but too little and your family tends to make a rather wide berth around you in the morning as you go for your first cup of coffee. Old things are comfortable and honest. They are part of … Read More Taking Gentle Care
I remember my third grade teacher. Her name was Miss Agurkis. I was in love with her. As a young girl with eight years under her belt, I knew she was the most remarkable person on the planet. It was an innocent love, one that you can only have at that age. It was the kind of love you can’t really explain. It wasn’t … Read More A Young Lesson On Dr. Pepper and Toilets.
I’ll be 56 in a little over a month. That is the first time I’ve seen that in print, and it’s dawned on me that after a half of a century of life you acquire some skills. Some are remarkable, You may have learned your job well, or mastered a musical instrument. Perhaps you have become a great cook; able to bake fabulous cakes and breads so luscious out … Read More There Are Actually Lights All The Way Through, You Just Need To Look Up More.
Here’s a fact: I don’t believe that time is on my side. Time is tangible, but it’s also visceral. You feel it deep down in your bones, You watch your child grow from cartoons to drivers license to falling so deeply in love that you know it’s the real thing. You watch as your parents go from larger than life to needing your help to resting … Read More Go Ahead And Light Up The Town, And Baby Do Everything Your Heart Desires.
JFK, MLK, and Bobby. Jimi, Janis, and Jim. My Lai,Kent State, and Watergate, Jim Jones, John Lennon, and Ronald Reagan Desert Storm September 11 Wellstone’s Plane My generation is tired of playing the game. Well, I’m tired of playing the game. You know, the one where you sit around with a cocktail and someone says “Where were you when you found out about…….” I … Read More Just Another Day
It’s an intangible something. You can feel it all around you; it smells, it tastes, it even seems to sing. You don’t know what it is. It can put an ache in your joints and your head. It’s not sexual, but it is sensual and provocative. Your hands feel light and your heart fairly itches. You seek the sun like a dog. Seeing pools … Read More And It Fairly Makes Your Heart Ache.
The celebrity crush. It starts early. If you’ve ever walked in on a 3-4 year old watching Elmo or Mr. Rogers, you know what I mean. When I was a munchkin, eating my cereal in front of the Zenith, I was memorized by Axel’s Tree-house. A Minnesota icon in the 50’s and 60’s, Axel was the beginning of every grade-schooler’s morning. Childhood crushes. We’ve … Read More Hey Joe, Where Ya Goin’ With That Gun In Your Hand
There was a trend back in the 80’s for newspapers and television to report “good news”. If I recall, the theory was that if we watched more happy news, we would all be happier people. Surprisingly, it didn’t last long. It wasn’t from lack of trying. Television stations all over the United States tried to report on “cats being rescued from a tree” or … Read More Good News vs. Kind News
“Through humor, you can soften some of the worst blows that life delivers. And once you find laughter, no matter how painful your situation might be, you can survive it.” Bill Cosby I’ve spent some time lately watching old movies. It’s a form of therapy. Now when I say old, you have to understand that I am referring to films made before 1960. Any film I … Read More Humor Has Dignity
I was a young woman in the mid to late 1970’s. A fairly strong gust of liberation had blown through the decade previous. Those of us who embraced it thought that the winds of change were going to make it a better place for us, our mothers, and our future daughters. Then there were the women sitting next to me in Women’s Lit class. They were specifically sent … Read More Glass Shoes Are Not For Tap Dancing
I own a business. Well I own parts of a business. I have written about this briefly here, but about 18 months ago my business was forced into a hiatus. I spend a lot of time, when I’m not working my other jobs, at the shop I am rebuilding. This winter morning, as the wind blew around the streets, I started to think about perpendicular lines. Maybe that second hot toddy last … Read More Perpendicular Lines