Celebrating the Mothers in my Life

  It’s Mother’s day, and I am looking outward instead of inward. Rather than looking at what I don’t have, I choose to claim the blessings that are mine. I realize there are women who feel pain over being single or childless, especially on Mother’s Day. There are other women out there who have prodigal offspring and wonder if they are ever coming home. Other moms have buried offspring. I recognize that pain. I know … Read more

A May Day Tribute

Credit: the poem “Drop a Pebble in the Water” is written by James. W. Foley. See the poem in its entirety at the end of this post.   Drop a pebble in the water . . . It is spring, and the month of May is awaiting its curtain call. In Appalachia, sisters are walking home from school, carrying their books. It is 1968, after all, and backpacks have not yet arrived on the school … Read more

Autumn is Here

Autumn is Here!  Fall tells the same story all over again, Bursting with fire, wind, laughter, and rain; Enchanting in colors of orange and brown, Aglow in the splendor of leaves falling down.    I hear her still calling, haphazardly so, To the Scarlets and Maples, to have them let go. And again at this season, the best of the year, I’m alive in creation, for Autumn in here! Gertrude M. Slabach, circa 1981 One day … Read more