Traditions

This time of year is filled with family and cultural traditions, many of which evoke strong feelings of conflict and disharmony.  Most folks realize how quickly family conflicts can turn happy occasions into a tense, stressful experience and convert … [Read more...]

Pause and Refresh

 “As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool. And when it’s cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting what is not.”  -Unknown.  One day while sitting on the front porch, complaining about the summer heat, a friend shared the above quote w … [Read more...]

A Thankful Heart

Once upon a time, I believed that getting old meant the exciting and fun part of life was over.  I was also cocky and impatient and, because I was very focused and wasn’t afraid of hard work, I felt that I would achieve everything I wanted before I go … [Read more...]

Pie on the Porch

Preparing Thanksgiving dinner the year after my grandmother died was sad. Traditionally, the women in our family shared Thanksgiving kitchen duty in relative harmony. Our disagreements were few, light hearted and easily resolved. However, the last … [Read more...]

Grammar Can Be Fun

Hearing today’s youths butcher basic grammar makes me grateful that adults took time to sit on the front porches of my own youth and create grammar lessons, cleverly disguised as games. Grannies and Aunts began teaching pre-school aged children g … [Read more...]

Horses Rear – Insult or Compliment?

When a group of little old ladies sitting on a front porch refer to someone as a horse’s rear, their intent is to insult that person. However, I recently learned how important a horse’s backside can be.  Now, I recommend that we thank those who refer … [Read more...]

Humility – Leadership’s Missing Link

When you exalt yourself, people tend to want to humble you.  When you humble yourself, people tend to want to exalt you. I learned on my Granny’s front porch, from the Southern Baptist ministers and Sunday school teachers who visited there, that so … [Read more...]

Bye Bye, Toxic Relationship

As a child, eavesdropping on adult front porch gossip, I learned a great deal about toxic family relationships. Yet, when I became personally involved in one, it took years recognize it and much longer to correct it. Maybe I was too close to the … [Read more...]

The Pause that Refreshes

 “As a rule, man’s a fool. When it’s hot, he wants it cool. And when it’s cool, he wants it hot. Always wanting what is not.”  -Unknown.  One day when I was sitting on the front porch, fretting about the summer heat, a friend shared the above quote … [Read more...]

Escaping Labels

Recently I referred to myself as a widow and a friend admonished, “Don’t label yourself.”  I hadn’t considered that I was labeling myself.  Nonetheless, the remark prompted me to take a deeper look at labeling.  (Isn’t it wonderful to have friends who … [Read more...]