#MIMM

#MakeItMatterMonday

Sometimes I read about injustice in the world and it completely shuts me down.  It should fire me up. It used to; not anymore.

I should be moved to action after reading about corporations being bad stewards of the environment, about kids in the U.S.A. going hungry, about Veterans and military families being used and abused by the country they served.  Instead, it seems like another “to ...

December 2, Claiborne Farm

     I’ve dined with great military commanders. I’ve interviewed First Ladies.  In my life I’ve had the fortunate experience of being in the presence of remarkable leaders, but only one legend left me speechless upon meeting him – Secretariat.

It was a rare opportunity when the universe aligns all the stars and the impossible becomes possible.  In my youth I had a private meeting with my hero. He was ...

Charitable Giving

I saw a homeless man and wanted to help him. I gave him some money and in return, he clobbered me. In all fairness we were in different worlds when this happened. I was living in realty and he was living somewhere in a parallel universe that was frightening and unkind. I was alien to him, or perhaps, an alien from the planet Zoltar to him. He saw me as ...

#angel

Chances are you will have some unexpected company over the holidays and it may not be who you think.  Unbeknownst to you, you may be entertaining angels.

This time of year angels are everywhere. Christmas pageants and nativity scenes across the nation feature children wearing tinfoil covered coat hangers fashioned as halos and white frocks trimmed in gold tinsel. Those aren’t the angels to which I’m referring.

Beautiful ...

Click, Click, Click

I’ve reached that phase in my life when everyone in my family walks faster than me now.  I think I burn more calories on hikes than the rest of them because I almost have to do double-time to keep up. My taller-than-me teenage daughters tell me to take longer strides. This advice is fine if I’m in hiking boots but when I’m wearing heels, it’s a ...

Church of the Open Saddle

I spent my formative years in a part of the nation known as the “Bible Belt.”  To be PC in that part of the South had a different connotation than the rest of the country.  Where I grew up, PC meant “please come.”  As in, upon introduction to someone new, let’s say a neighbor moving in, you didn’t ask what church they went to, rather you invited them ...

Recipe for Distraction

I have no less than 50 cookbooks on my bookshelves. I also have probably 10 or so cooking magazines whose tempting contents gave them a reprieve from the recycling bin. Additionally, in the retro category I have an old-school recipe box full of culinary suggestions as well as some secretly stashed away scraps of paper with hastily scribbled ingredients and directions on them.  Given this wealth of resources, do you think I ...

Falling for October

     I admit it. I was driving while distracted. However, in my defense, electronics had no part in my preoccupation. Autumn’s golden light and jewel-toned leaves tempted my attention away from the road and up to the glorious treetops. Amber and honey-colored foliage floated away and momentarily took with them my cares.

     Oh, to be lost in the allure of nature’s artistry. I love this time of year. I ...

Pasture Epiphany

One day while trail riding I passed a property with an invisible fence. I presumed there was an invisible fence there because a boisterous Lab stopped short of his yard boundary for no apparent reason. Probably, at some point in the past that Lab most likely wore a shock collar and learned “don’t go there.”

Even though the dog wasn’t wearing a collar a painful memory kept him ...

Take Care

It’s time. You know it is but you need a bit of encouragement to actually get to it. Need a sign? The moment is now.  The planets have all aligned. The space-time continuum is right.  Tell yourself whatever you need for motivation. It’s time to put your well being at the top of your to-do list.
There are thousands of reasons not to do so and you’ve ...

 
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