Posted in A New Year, Culture, Faith Life

How extending grace can shift our focus

As I recall several occasions especially in the last few months, where I was given grace that I was not deserving of, I am grateful.

As we wrap up and move into a new year, I pray that I am intentional in being gracious towards others, deserving or otherwise.

May the new year bring about a shift in our focus towards service that honors our Father in Heaven.




Posted in A New Year, Faith Life, Flash Fiction, Lifelong Learning, Storytelling, Travel, Writing

Fading into the Sunset

As it slowly fades into the sunset, I can confidently say this year was different.

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About this time last year, for some reason, I had this sense of urgency to be more consistent and purposeful in my writing.

My mind was made up to post at least three times a month irrespective of whatever else was going. Continue reading “Fading into the Sunset”

Posted in A New Year, Lifelong Learning, Storytelling, Writing

Begin Where?

Friday Fictioneers: Begin Where?


Where do I begin?

It is all here.  The big, the small and even the tall; the old and even the brand new.  It may be intimidating for some and exciting for others.  Exciting for me, because I thrive on chaos, albeit organized but I am sure the obsessive compulsive may disagree.

Wrapped in his story or and her, there is a richness and there is grimness.

Whatever the case you will agree, it’s a medley and that mix is what piques my interest.

For starters, Historic Route 66, does it really begin here?




Friday Fictioneers  Friday Fictioneers provides an opportunity to write flash fiction once a week.  This week’s photo prompt is from Jean Hays and copyrighted to her.  Other stories are linked by clicking on the this hyperlink.


Posted in A New Year, Lights, Camera, Shoot!

What Lies Ahead in 2014 – Moving Forward

20131129_150323With a New Year, the customary thing is to have a new years resolution list of bad habits to drop and areas to nurture.

Well this year, I choose to steer off the beaten path.  My plan – simple and straightforward and in a few words, to be intentional.

Where that path leads me I am not quite sure but I INTEND:

to blog more, read more, travel more, learn more and who knows to be open to whatever else happens in between and hopefully to be wiser from the experiences.

I intend to worry less and relish the moments more.  Be alright with being still, if that is what I am feeling at that point in time and enjoy those moments of quiet solace in my own space more; and worry less about what could have, should have or would have.

Oops! there goes my not having a list, but hopefully you get my drift.


Posted in A New Year, Faith Life

Looking back at 2013

I recently came across this picture and for some reason it got me thinking, as we enter into a new year, finding that balance between the different challenges, triumphs and the opportunity to get it right.

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The strong trunks and branches represent a solid foundation.  The vines represented in my mind, a future and a hope.

Come next year, my prayer is that I can confidently say:

This was a year of fresh beginnings that stretched me beyond my comfort zone.

Took full advantage of the teaching moments, where I learned even more about myself.

One in which I made a conscious effort to empathize and find that balance in all of it irrespective of the challenges along the way.

Inspite of the bumps along the way, any inconveniences at the time, but most importanlty with no expectations of a payback, I gave my different relationships my best.

Took nothing for granted, simple or otherwise, holding dear that life is to be cherished.

Appreciated the gift of a new day, another opportunity to get it right.

Shared, Supported, Laughed, Cried, Whispered, Talked and more than anything Listened more than we spoke.

The possibilities are numerous.  My prayer is that when I look back at 2013 it will be this and many more.

When you look back a year from now what do you hope for?