My Dog is an Addict

Boat ride to Island. (l-r) Max, Lenny, Little Girl It started when she spent the day with her cousin Lenny and his older brother, Max, on the Island, a small land mass with cottage, 2 decks, fire pit, outdoor furniture and trees, all sitting in the middle of Lake Webster. Lenny is a crazy little…… Continue reading My Dog is an Addict

My Lifelong Love Affair With a Bug

My red-eyed Bug-Beau Cicadas in N. Kentucky It started in 1953 in Dayton, Kentucky, a small town on the Ohio River, the year I was born. Of course I don’t remember meeting him, since I was only two months old when he arrived. But I do recall the fossilized shell of one of his nymphs.…… Continue reading My Lifelong Love Affair With a Bug

Suffer Fools Lightly

I have not been able to write anything coherent for the last few days regarding what happened in our Capitol this week.  My mind is a mess, my heart is heavy, I feel like a loved one has just died. I am raw. But something different emerged in me yesterday. Anger.  Pure unadulterated visceral righteous…… Continue reading Suffer Fools Lightly

Here’s Your Sign

                A redbird came knocking. I looked up from my comfy spot on the sectional. I just wrote a letter to my friend. Through my tears, I saw the beautiful cardinal on my sliding glass door looking at me. He knocked again, his beak tapping the glass. “Hello”, I said, or thought. A few seconds…… Continue reading Here’s Your Sign

The In-Between Time

We are in the In-Between Time. All of us on this planet are. For me personally, this strange place started last year, when Joe and I began talking about our future. We discussed many possible paths we could take. Most seem(ed) very plausible. Some not so much. We are still in this discussion stage. Nothing…… Continue reading The In-Between Time

Nothing New Under the Sun

I haven’t been writing on my blog for some time now. I just couldn’t bring myself to write one more snarky political opinion piece about the shit-show in Washington and the great divide. I do not delude myself into thinking that what I write will change a person’s mind. But now I feel something different…… Continue reading Nothing New Under the Sun

A Poem 4/6/2020

submitted by Gloria Herms, contributing writer The doors closed. The sun silently slips through the back window, making herself known as a slice of yellow across the dusty table. The particles arise and dance in adoration.             A shuffle in the dark, a grunt, …..low voice…., mumbles,… a sigh. The sofa sags on one side.…… Continue reading A Poem 4/6/2020

April 3, 2020— A journal entry

submitted by Gloria Herms, contributing writer I go to work with these half-faced people- my colleagues. Most I’ve known for years, now in this new norm- a barrier divides us. I often don’t recognize a familiar face that is masked as eyes peer out; every single person, every day, for 8 hours straight. I see…… Continue reading April 3, 2020— A journal entry

Finding Happy During a Pandemic

submitted by Gloria Herms, contributing writer It’s Sophia’s birthday today. She’s three. Rachael will be making a wonderful cake for her. They will celebrate it with their little family. No extended family- my heart is breaking. I cry almost every morning as I am hit with the loneliness of distance and no touching. No hugging.…… Continue reading Finding Happy During a Pandemic

Thirst

  submitted by Gloria Herms contributing writer I feel lonely at times- So I am ever grateful for the beautiful days; to get outside for walks. I step up my stride on this paved path surrounded by hills of green grass and flowering trees. The scene ahead of me is coming into view- a group of…… Continue reading Thirst