Happy New Year….

Thoughts…hopes…for 2022…

Poem by Charlotte Tall Mountain
Art by Melinda Matzell

I was searching through a box of notecards yesterday, looking for something suitable for writing thank you notes when I found this beautiful postcard wedged between 2 envelopes. I had bought it many years ago (probably while on vacation), tucked it away and forgot about it. Somehow it had made its way out of the postcard section and ended up with the notecards. Mmmm…Why was that?

The older I get, the less I believe in coincidences. These days I am always hoping there is a reason for why something is out of place or not quite right or not as it has always been. If there is a reason, there might be a solution. The curse of a fix-it mentality.

So, I took the brand new unsent postcard out of the box and read it. And read it again. And again. I found it to be a comfort…on January 1st…when everyone is saying Happy New Year.

Let’s make that happen.


Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Four Colors or More


Inspired by Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #54: Detail



Spring Mix


It’s all about the details
which are so often missed
when diving into a salad
as delicious as this.

Crunchy green goodness
poked fast with a fork
delivering a sample of
mother nature’s best work.



This post inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #48: Compassion

There is no small act of kindness.
Every compassionate act makes large the world.

Mary Anne Radmacher




One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone.

Shannon L. Alder


You are not alone…
When we sit together
Side by side.
How are you…
How are you really.

You are not alone…
In turmoil and pain
When you take my hand
I will listen.

You are not alone…
As you heal
Searching for your truth
I am here.

You are heard

Quotes of the day…February 20th

Empathy is the antidote to shame…The two most powerful words when we’re in struggle: me too.

Brené Brown



There is no shame in feeling broken…Sometimes it is the breaking that leads us to the source of our own becoming. But we need not suffer alone. When you feel trauma or shame, if you feel depressed or alone — speak your truth, ask for help, insist without ceasing on the support that you need.

Jeanette LeBlanc


To mark today…February 20th…

To grow up bathed in shame.
Each sunrise
Struggling to crawl out to you.
Hope slipping back

I always wondered why.

Cracks appeared
Despite stretching
To reach you
Through the fog
Left alone. Numb.

I always wondered why.

Until running bare
Into the dark
Finding every door
Sealed shut.

I stopped wondering why.

The only path
For survival
A new truth
Of my own.

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…for my mother, who would have been 90 years old today.


This post is inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #27: Intent

Turning the Page

Decades tethered spider-like
to needy souls
Absorbing the self.
No more.

Navigating a fresh path
With intent to renew the spirit
Lost for so long
Buried but not forgotten.

The quiet.
The peaceful.
The spark.

Liberating the authentic
Allowing time to…
Sit still.

Read the entire paper
over coffee.
Or not.



This post is inspired by V.J.’s Weekly Challenge #26: Titles
(need to select from your own work, enough titles, in the order you created them, to find new meaning)

From the earliest to the latest – a few titles…


spring has sprung…
Memorial Day.
The Whole darn Bunch,
The Biggest Change.

Diaries Revisited – September.
The Day Everything Changed…

Falling. Shuffle.
Seventy-nine messages…
Comfort, Sacrifice
Un-lived lives