Quote of the Month
Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Wednesday, March 23, 2022
It seems like yesterday, but more than twenty years have come and gone since that sunny summer day. In a tiny town along one of northern Michigan's largest lakes, a few people strolled down the sidewalks. On one sidewalk, a homeless kitten wandered. Most people hardly gave it a glance. I was not one of them.
I stopped and talked to the lost soul for a few minutes. Walking away, I engaged in the timeless battle of "should I or should I not." When I turned around to go back, a family of three had stopped to kneel down and chat with the kitten. The kitten had found its forever family. A little boy was overjoyed. A few months later, my remarkable, precious Xena came into my world.
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Wednesday, March 16, 2022
The sky is a startling blue. The sun is blinding-bright against the snow. The temperature is in the low forties with a wind chill ten degrees higher than most of our temperatures the past several months. When stepping outside a change is felt. It is the whisper of spring.
Friday, March 11, 2022
Friday, March 4, 2022
Stepping into one is like coming home. It is as if all the words on all the pages are wrapping around you in a comforting and welcoming hug. Their representation of living beings, places, and things, real and imagined, form infinite possibilities and ultimately hope. Hope is potent.
Thursday, March 3, 2022
It has been so cold the past few mornings, breath frosts hair and the collar on coats when early morning walks are taken. The air is clear and still. Snow crunches under the weight of boots. The color of the sky, cloudless, asks you to stop and stare at its breathtaking beauty. Even though you've seen it before, you ask yourself if there has ever been a blue so brilliant.
For now, as the snows of winter cover nearly everything, the only natural blue is that found in the waters of the surrounding lakes, not frozen, and the sky. Soon as birds return from their annual migrations, blue will filt and glide from place to place. As flowers push from the earth and buds blossom, even more blue will appear. Blue: A History Of The Color As Deep As The Sea And As Wide As The Sky (Alfred A. Knopf, February 15, 2022) written by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond with illustrations by Daniel Minter is a gorgeous portrait of the history of this color. You will be transported through time and place.
The color blue is all around us.
Tuesday, March 1, 2022
Whether the court is inside or outside, it is there. It does not matter if you are a member of the team or of the spectators, you sense it. It is always there regardless of the level of the game, high school, college or professional. It's there during a three-on-three tournament in a capital city. When you and the people in your neighborhood play it at the park or in someone's yard, it is there. You can't hear it, but you feel it. It silently swirls around the sounds of hands slapping on balls and balls bouncing on hard surfaces.