Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy

What does happiness look like to me?  My mind immediately goes to a thousand different things.  Happiness is watching my husband teach our youngest daughter to play billiards.  Happiness is seeing her smiling face looking up at her Daddy, because he is the best and brightest shining star in her young life, and she knows…

If you can’t say something nice …

… don’t say anything at all.  How many times did we all hear that growing up?  Our natural instinct is to criticize others, to point out their faults and shortcomings, usually while ignoring our own. “But Mom,” we may have protested, “I was just being honest!” Truth or Dare?  Is it possible to be too…

Why are Things Such a Mess?

It’s the weekend after Christmas and our household, probably like many others, is in the process of organizing:  cleaning up, rearranging, packing and stowing Christmas decorations, and making space for new gifts.  I grew up in a fastidiously clean house where everything had a place and nothing was ever out of place.  Dust, dirt, grime,…

The Sky-Spa, 2023 (Daily Prompt)

Hi, my name’s Savannah and this post comes to you from ten years in the future, from the wonderful Sky-Spa Resort & Conference Center!!!  Yes, that’s right!  I’m officially a space tourist, on an all-expense-paid, one-week holiday in low-earth orbit, courtesy of my publisher.  Can you believe it? I’m here to attend the Unity! writing conference,…

Dr. Nostrum’s Amazing Medicine Show

“Step right up folks, step right up, and prepare to be amazed!” the pitchman called.  “Got the depression?  The Blues?  Feeling dissatisfied with your life?  Well, Ladies and Gentlemen, today is your lucky day, because I happen to possess a singularly amazing, extraordinarily remarkable cure.” Intrigued, Sarah slowed and turned in the direction of the…

Conflicted: The Beauty of Letting Go

Nothing was going right for Marissa.  It started when she overslept, which was because she’d been checking social media in bed the night before, and had fallen asleep with her phone still in her hand.  Of course, she’d tossed and turned all night and the phone, which also served as her alarm clock, had gotten…