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Month: April 2017

1,000 Words Worth 2017-15

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. My commute via Chicago’s Green-Line L train inspired this post, “Scenes from the train.”   Eleanor slipped through the doors just as the robotic voice announce, “Doors are closing.”  She looked around for a place to sit in the packed train car.  Not near someone over-cologned; not near the man-spread, not near that lady with a cat in her baby carriage. She found just the right nesting spot: between the professional-looking man in his mid-twenties, and the mildly obese woman in a suede jacket.  Definitely a student. Seven stops.  That’s all.  Eleanor…

Home of the Sparrow

I love my photo-journalism job.  I get to cover so many worthwhile causes.  I love the way the people in  my county and my community come together to help each other out.  In this case, I’ve been a helper, and I’ve been helped.  Home of the Sparrow helps women who find themselves precariously housed.  It might be because of unemployment, widowhood, abuse, or, well, for any reason.   Read here to find out more.  (That’s CoCo in the photo with her brand new kitchen table that she purchased from the Sparrow’s Nest.)

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-16

Ahhh… I only got on the wrong L-train once this week. I took an extra trip around the loop, considering how many times I’ve been lost in my life, and how once, passengers feared they might starve with me as a navigator. Yes, that’d be little sister in the back seat.  So far, no one has starved, been injured, or permanently scarred.  My problem solving skills improved, my confidence boosted each time I triumphed, and this time, I had one extra trip around the loop.  Time to ponder, time to daydream, time to plan my next novel.  Wait a minute.…

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-15

We had some warm weather!  And sunshine!  What could be better?  I’m getting a rhythm into my commute, so I no longer feel rushed and I’m no longer getting on the wrong train.  I had one day where the trained delayed by two hours, but I got to try out a new (Roti) restaurant for dinner, while I waited.  So much more good than bad going on in my life.  Well, really, no bad worth mentioning. Here’s a few things, in no particular order,  that cause me to pause, wonder, and give thanks: Another grandchild became a teenager.  Miss K sent…

1,000 Words worth 2017-14

Each Friday,  To find out more click here. Stephani tried to explain to the Jane why she had to leave. “This is my summer home,” he said.  “Always was, always will be.” “Well, my family migrated across an entire ocean,” said Jane.  ” That’s how we sparrows roll.  We’re adventurers.” “Juncos like things the same. That’s why we’ve been coming here for centuries.” “How do you know what Juncos did centuries ago?”  Jane put her beak it the air and flitted her tail.  “You have a brain smaller than a wheat seed.” “Have you never heard of imprints?” Stephani ruffed…

Logan’s Heart

The best part about my journalist work is the people I come in contact with.  Last month I (virtually) met Logan Vallee and his family.  Logan’s been waiting all of his life for a new heart.  He was born with “half a heart.”    And that’s not even considering the hearts and souls of all the people who love and admire him. Read all about Logan in the Marengo Union Times. Here’s one of the photos Logan’s mom shared with me.

Pause, Breathe, and Take Stock 2017-14

Some weeks I have a bit of trouble with the taking stock part of this weekly post.  This week is the pausing and breathing part.  It was a great week for me.  A new job, a wonderful turn-out at an Author Showcase, and a chance to visit Mom.  What could be better? Here, in no particular order, are some more reasons to rejoice: Snow drops blooming around a budding willow tree; My sister-in-law, Cheryl, who gave up part of her birthday to support me at the Author Showcase; Enjoying a Culver’s dinner with Mom & Love-one: walleye, followed by a…

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