shrinky dinks, light and kevin bacon.


My friend Tammy said this in a post from late last year on her blog Raggle Taggle: “I’m leaning into belief and drawing near to grace. I will let myself be loved. That’s my broken hallelujah.”

i am awestruck by the beauty of those words.

and it got me thinking…that every time i read something truly real from someone, whether on facebook, an email, a blog post, etc… it makes me feel more connected to them, to their fibers, to their soul.  it could be hilarious, painful, uncomfortable, uplifting, and perhaps sometimes TMI (think bodily fluids – ick!).

now, don’t take this as a negative thing, or that i’m super soberly serious (alliteration nation y’all!), but what binds us together as a community of humans, what makes us relate to the most opposite of others, is our fibers. our stories.

you know how everyone has heard of six degrees of kevin bacon? you haven’t? oh, my assumption is that you have.

and you know what they say about assumptions. 😉

it is a silly game where  kevin bacon is related to some actor, whatever movie that you name, by a connection of six or fewer people. example: movie actor apple starred with movie actor banana, who is married to movie actor carrot, who used to babysit for movie actor donut’s kids, who was an extra in a movie with actor eggplant, who was the (fill in the blank) in footloose with kevin bacon.

and now i’m hungry.  🙂

what the point of  it is:  that the  little silly game is that everyone is connected to everyone somehow, and the world keeps shrinking down like a colorful version of a shrinky dink. (and if you’ve never heard of shrinky dinks, then that right there is reason that this generation should put down their iThings, and get outside, or go bake an incredibly small cupcake in their easy bake oven).

the world gets smaller, more intimate, more saturated with beauty, with each and every conversation you have. with that coach of your child’s ping pong team, with the pharmacy tech who is jam packed with orders, with the elderly man working at the car parts store, with your memaw, your neighbor’s dad, your vet.

we all have our stories.  and you know what i’ve found after my 3 + decades upon this spinning sphere of wonder?

that i have more in common with those folks, than i ever thought possible.


duck dynasty anyone?  YES.

mac and cheese lovers out there?  YOU BET.

sunrises or sunsets?  NOW WE’RE TALKIN.

hot chocolate after sledding with plastic baggies in our boots?  OH THAT WAS JUST ME.  🙂

people are so very VERY similar.

any frustration that i may have on being “misunderstood” seems to disappear when my selfish ideas of what that person is thinking (sometimes without even speaking to them first!), or feeling, or knows, just by the Gucci bag they carry, or the smart phone that they don’t.

i assume that just because i think of myself a certain way, that that is certainly the way that others would think of me too.

i wrote a post a few days ago, and published it.  some of you may have read it, but i chose to take it down for being misconstrued.  misunderstood.  misheard. because, i had not thought about the consequences that it may have rippled to those i love.

i don’t want that to ever be something that happens again.

this space is about the light that we need to shine onto others when we see them weeping, and, basking in their light when they are projecting it everywhere, happily dancing along in their sunbeams.

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think about that.

we are the same.  when we hurt, we lash out.  when we are happy, we shout it on the rooftops.  when we wear oversized sunglasses in a photobooth? well, we look like pretty rocking superheros.

the world is MUCH smaller than you think.  it is smaller than polar opposite viewpoints of political, best dressed, university driven or lack thereof – minimum wage, or maximum tax.

i want the mirror that i hold, to light, to project, to shrink myself into each conversation, each oreo cookie shared.  so i can SEE what the world is trying to say, each story at a time.  mirroring ALL ITS LIGHT.

there are a lot of things you can see in a mirror.

but, mirrors don’t work in the dark.  mirrors don’t work when it’s dark.


who can you spread light to today?  who can dance in your sunbeams, or use a little warmth from your glow?  go out there and strike up a conversation with someone.

for starters?

hey, have you ever heard of shrinky dinks?  Or how about:  name a movie with kevin bacon?

i bet you’ll be surprised how warm six degrees feels.

hello monday

hello monday.

hello rain turning to cold later (would you swat me if i begged for snow?)

hello *trying* not to eat too many carbs.

hello clean desk at work.

hello dirty living room and kitchen, i will tackle you when i get home.

hello fun memories made this weekend, helping out strangers, out in the woods with my people.

hello vitamin d pills, i’ll keep trying you, i think you are working.  🙂

hello new week, i have high hopes for us.

hello better attitude, i’ve missed you.  🙂

hello new crafting fire, and clean up muscles, you will be worked this week.

hello out there, how are you?

linking up here for hello mondays

tank full tuesday

certain things help your tank fill up. these are some of those lately from my view:

my people being themselves and so so happy and excited before their trip this past august.  and more importantly, planning one of these adventures, for all of us,

for next summer.

getting inspired for the flowers of next year…by stopping by and snagging pictures of other’s beautiful ideas.  i am a hopeful gardener.

remembering to look at nature when i need to reset my thoughts.  how i love trees.

knowing that my people had so much fun when i was at the influence conference, and also planning adventures with our new commando green girl, Maggie Moo.

hanging at home with my version of zac brown while watching the cma’s on the tube.

being encouraged by color, grace and plants, all kinds of green.  oh mother earth, you are so dear to me, even in your changing moods and seasons.

also:  i don’ t have a picture of it, but biggby coffee’s black bear latte.  it’s my fave.

peace you to you on this tuesday, may your tank be full today.

be lovely my friends,


songs on a wednesday

songs on a wednesday

i imagine you are under a tree just like this.
teaching our girl about good stuff, like morals and fish scales.
the sweat and joy intermingled in your dirty hair.
she listens to your every syllable. always has.
you may fall asleep, you may in fact be rocking in your hammocks.
breezily enjoying this view of earth.
i can picture her smiles, and your shouts as you reach the peak of another breathtaking crest.
and i wonder how i could be so blessed to call you my beloved.
and to have her small hand print etched into my heart.
just for now, this is all we need.
except i am here in an air conditioned cage, and you two are exploring.
dream for me, will you love?
that i may soon be by your sides.
where we can frolic in the grass like doe, and sing merry songs of random.
us three.
and the tiny grasshoppers that harmonize.

a new kind to try

your story is not ordinary if it’s your story.  because, you are not ordinary, if you’re you.

trying on my uniqueness, as i’ve finally come home to it.  and it feels raw, novel, a bit too loosey goosey still, & absolutely, refreshingly, nice.  

and to quote one of my favorites ~

“it takes courage to grow up and be who you really are.”  e.e. cummings

have a lovely day my friends,


random thought thursday:: the random edition

1. i am on the precipice of losing my cool at work. please pray that my patience pants are available to wear.

2. i saw on my drive into work today: several wild turkeys, 2 sand hill cranes (such majestic creatures!!), robins, horses, squirrels, crows, miniature horses, swans, farm ducks & regular ducks.  i felt like i was in a wonderful movie version of an outdoor adventure in which i’m a vet, & get to talk to animals all day.

3.  i un-intentionally wore blue & orange today for the Detroit Tigers Opening Day!  Bless you Boys!

4.  i renewed my license today (a week or so late – don’t judge!), & it was the swiftest, loveliest transaction where the counter woman asked about where all my hair went.  we discussed that i have plenty of months to grow out my winter hair, but she did mention that she liked it how it was.  🙂

5.  i think deer are popular again along with their buddies, the hoot-erific owls due to their polka dots.  They are so HAWT.  in my humble opinion, polka dots should always be in, right Lulu? (wink)

6.  i drank biggby coffee today.  so it’s a good day because of that alone.

7.  seven is one of my favorite numbers, & i’m really hoping to finish some decorating/crafting this weekend, and FINALLY make something to sell in my upcoming etsy shop.

just keepin it random for ya!  ta ta for now!