Sweater weather. Friday afternoon: I arrive at the Mennonite Fellowship Building located behind the church, beside the creek. Laughter. I turn my head. Women are fitting the corners of a puzzle together with other pieces. This jigsaw puzzle has no chance of lasting the entire weekend! Aromas drift in from the kitchen. I am Baptist, but these women welcome me to retreat with them. A 20-minute drive from my home. A gift I am giving myself. A place to think, laugh, play, pray wi
I am in Little Rock, standing in front of capable poets. For half a minute, I wonder why I’m there. These people are smart and know the craft. They have stories, moments, events to tell. I begin by declaring what storytellers they are and what a great storyteller our poet laureate is. I name other storytellers. However, I point out that this group is different from some storytellers: we tell our stories in poetic form. Another poet and I do an impromptu skit. He is marvelous.
It’s time for lines, crowds, waves of pink to ripple across the river bridge into downtown Little Rock. I’ve walked behind others dressed in pink who’ve had breast cancer. Or maybe they loved and honored someone with breast cancer. They walked and remembered. Some walked and celebrated. Sobering. My breast cancer was found in 2011. A strange year indeed. Looking back is my way of loving all victims who have heard the Big C-word as they looked into the eyes of a doctor. Today
I have been highly blessed to have known wise women during my lifetime. What a difference they have made. Sometimes they appeared one at a time, sometimes as a group. Exactly the right people I needed at the right time. And no way could I have orchestrated all that! What has turned my thoughts this direction today? What’s the story behind the story? Probably getting stung three times in the last six weeks by red wasps! Again and again, I’ve heard the whispers of my wise ones,
In the warp and woof of daily living, no one is perfect. No one is doing it just right all the time. You know that, right? Life can be beautiful like the zinnia and butterfly. Those are days we rejoice. But it’s not always perfect like that. Some days feel out of sorts and not okay. The barometric pressure drops, and some of us do not feel tip-top and have no clue as to why. We just wobble our way through it. I prefer calm and beautiful, but hey, this is human life. It gets m