Lean on Me

My friend gave me some good advice.  She told me to lean in, feel the wind on my face, and live life fully.  She also said, “You can have it all.”  I wondered.  What does it mean to have it all?  But, then, my friend fell.  I asked her to lean on me, and we…

Thursday Doors: Yellow House

Something that brings me joy is joining in with friends at Thursday Doors (hosted by Norm Frampton), a lovely community of door-lovers. ~~ For the next little bit of time, I’ll be featuring doors I discovered “before” around the place I currently reside in Perpignan, southern France. When I first moved to Perpignan in August…

The Dust has Settled

This post is a follow-up to Wheels Down. “Be brave enough to be bad at something new.” Jon Acuff Well, that certainly has been me … bad at something new.  I’ve spent the last few weeks struggling to learn French.  It’s been four weeks of full immersion in another new language. The good news is I’ve…

All Good Things

Originally posted on Muddling Through My Middle Age:
It seemed to me that this past Winter was especially hard.  My home town was spared the horrible blizzards that devastated other parts of the Midwest, but our Winter was still made up of months of very cold temperatures and too much snow and ice.  I don’t…

Big Smiles

via Photo Challenge: Smile Big smiles make the world a brighter place! I love this week’s Daily Post photo challenge, “Smile,” because big smiles make me happy.  They are contagious and bring me joy.  So, I hope to pass a little of that joy along to you!

Forgiveness

I sleep in a cardboard box.  Walking the frigid streets of London, I look for discarded bits of food. The smell of freshly baked strudel takes my mind back to a small bakery, kilometers away. I am a child.  My father stands behind the counter with flour to his elbows.  He welcomes me home from…

Disgruntled

Last week, I fought the crowds and the crowds won.  My birthday was in the recent past; therefore, my husband wanted to take me out and buy me plants for my indoor garden.  We boarded a bus that took us to the train station.  We caught the train to Mong Kok, which is literally one…

Cacophony

via Daily Prompt: Cacophony This word immediately brings to my mind a hot humid day in southern India.  With a friend, Jeannie, visiting from Hong Kong, my husband and I took a van for a day outing to shop.  On our way from one shop to the next, we neared an intersection of a busy…

Be Brave

via Daily Prompt: Brave Lately, I have been at a loss on what to write my next post about.  Then appeared the “WordPress Daily Prompt” challenge. The prompt was “brave” and my mind immediately began to whirr (I love when that happens).  I usually feel intimidated by these prompts; however, today I decided to join…

Holding Pattern

Landing in Vizag, India was always an adventure as the runway is very short.  I was prepared for a rough ride.  However, after a bumpier descent than normal, the plane quickly made a vertical ascent back into the skies.  My stomach dropped as the plane shifted gears, changed directions, and headed upwards instead of down. …

Sunshine

Typhoon Merbok brought with it days and days of rain.  Each morning I woke up to grey skies and moisture (other than the normal humidity that is common here).  However, today the sun emerged. I am in the process of trying to grow a couple of herb plants from seed.  The “cosmos” seemed to be…

Community

“Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. The problems began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it…