• Sad teddy bear lost in the woods

    Feeling Sad

    Content Warning — discussion of serious health issues and mental health. June 9th, 2020. I doubt I’ll ever forget that date. That’s the date that my mother and father called our little family here and told us that he had been diagnosed with cancer. It’s never a diagnosis that you want to hear. It is very sadly a damn near-universal experience. I don’t know of too many people who haven’t been affected by someone in their lives being diagnosed with cancer. With everything that has been going on in the world, I was already hurting. Having to face the reality that my Dad may not overcome this… I’ll be honest…

  • Illness - Teddy bear under blankets with a plaster on his head

    Illness – Bouncing Back…

    For the last two months I’ve been quite ill. My lovely daughter brought home every type of virus and bacterial infection she could. While sharing is normally caring, this is one thing that doesn’t need to be shared. I caught every illness she did, and then a few extra just for shits and giggles. Things that I’ve been working on had to be relegated to the back burner and I have had to focus on recovery from this illness. Now, I’m not fully recovered by any stretch of the imagination. But I am recovering. I am slowly working on getting back to where I was, and trying to not expect…

  • To everything there is a purpose

    To Everything There Is A Season

    To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die;A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;A time to kill, and a time to heal;A time to break down, and a time to build up;A time to weep, and a time to laugh;A time to mourn, and a time to dance;A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;A time to get, and a time to lose;A time to keep, and a time to…

  • Beauty… From Ashes…

    Can beauty come out of ashes? From Ashes – CĂ©line Dion I have been working on getting the first draft of the second book, From Ashes, ready. Once upon a time, I felt connected to the work, and that I would finish it in record time. The second book was to be something that took you on a whirlwind of emotions. I had it all planned. It was going to be epic. Then life happened. Life took me in a million different directions from my original plan. Repeatedly, I have come up against roadblocks. I had begun to think that things were going to be better, and they never got…

  • Back to Work

    I’m back to work after taking a while off to get my mental and physical health better. I had intended to work on the second novel during a portion of this time, but the age-old proverb of “If you want to see God laugh, make plans” came into play. I was on the world’s slowest Wi-Fi, and I wanted to spend time with my family, as I don’t normally get to see them. I did sketch out some ideas and get some outlining done, but I didn’t make any dent in getting the book ready. Now that I’m back, and the autumn season is upon us, I’m getting back to…