I Am Shirley


I am Shirley MacClaine the Sycamore Tree. I need to both grow my own roots and rely on the supports I have in order to thrive.

God Winks

God Winks

Rule #22: Flossie knows what’s up.

My Great Grandma, Flossie, used to say, “Whether the sky is blue or grey, there is always something to love or laugh at or smile at each and every day.” I think she was onto the secret of happiness in this sometimes crazy, difficult, painful, and confusing life.

God Winks are those love drops we need to remind us that we’re not alone and that there is truly good and beauty in every day.

Pregnancy and Grief

me and jimmy

Pregnancy and Grief Rule #7: It’s okay to not be okay.  I’ve debated for months about writing and publishing this post. I’ve brooded over it, edited it, and debated scrapping the whole thing altogether. BUT. I’m a big believer in … Read More

Comforting Those Who are Grieving


Comforting Those Who are Grieving Rule #9: Words are the best medicine. When someone loses a loved one, there’s nothing you can do to make it all better. Simple as that. There is no magical phrase, book, gift, meal, embrace … Read More

Mayonnaise Packets


Mayonnaise Packets Rule #5: The little things are always bigger than they seem. My Daddy was a thief. Not a big one, just the low-level kinda thief. You see, I loved me a good turkey pita sandwich for lunch. I … Read More