Monday, March 19, 2018


A necessity for healthy living
but an inconvenience for those
who want to enjoy
of life.

pleasurable if napping with another.
But to nap alone
for napping's sake
to me.

delightful images for the visionary
and predictions for the future
but why dream
is needed.

I will not...

my life away when in waking hours
my hands might build and create and fulfill
those dreams of mine
comes again.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Ten Blogs 'til 47: Ten Things You Didn't Know About Me

'Twas the night before my birthday and I cooked and I baked til I was red in the face. Cupcakes and pancakes and sausage and cookies... We're gonna eat GOOD tomorrow. I have always felt like the best way to celebrate my birthday was to show my love for others. Although I make a big deal out of counting down until the day arrives, too much attention sort of embarrasses me. So I try to make it about everybody. Surprised? Here is a list of ten things about me that might surprise you:

1. I would rather cook for 100 people than 1.
2. I have never drank a full cup of coffee.
3. I am extremely claustrophobic. I wasn't claustrophobic at all until I was in my late 20s.
4. I have never had any dental work.
5. I have had 10 surgeries in 6 different hospitals.
6. My first job was as a baker at a restaurant.
7. I have sung the national anthem for 30 years for many organizations including MISL, NHL, MLB, MiLB, PBR, NHRA, NASCAR and The National Dog Show (sponsored by Purina). My first anthem was in front of 10,000 people at the old arena for a St. Louis Steamers game.
8. I didn't have my first real kiss until I was 17.
9. My first concert was a band called Survivor at Six Flags.
10. When I was a little girl I wanted to either be a singer or the quarterback for the football Cardinals.

The more you know, huh? Well, tomorrow is the big day. 47. I am grateful.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Ten Blogs 'til 47: My Top Tens for 47

My 47th birthday fast approaches and so I am thinking about the things I want to make sure I do or say over the course of my 47th year of life. The great thing about birthdays is that they are another beginning of another new year. I suppose these are my 47th year resolutions.

10. Volunteer more. Volunteering was a priority in my 40th year and it was an incredible year. In this way, it would be ok with me if history repeated itself.

9. Watch less TV. I feel like the television is always on so it is kind of tough to avoid but... I will make the effort.

8. Write more. I have all of these half finished books that need finishing and this will be the year, I will do it.

7. Save money. Since I became a teacher it has been IMPOSSIBLE to save money. But I will get as many side hustles as it takes to get some money in the bank.

6. Spend more time outdoors. I love the outdoors. Not in the camping and hiking kind of way but in the sitting in a beautiful place and allowing it to inspire me kind of way.

5. Work to repair relationships. I will leave it at that.

4. Rebuild relationships that I have left fall dormant. I know too many incredible people who I have called friend who I have allowed to fade into the background. No more! Get ready folks!

3. Sow seeds for the future. I have plans. I have visions. It is time to plant the seeds for those things to come to fruition.

2. Continue to learn. From everyone.

1. Hug more and say "I love you" more. YES, EVEN MORE.