Down (and in) to Earth…

I love when things are clean. Fresh linens, spotless floor, all trash taken out; crisp, clear water for swimming or dipping in toes, new car (or in my case, the two dollar “new car smell” tree we can afford), crystal clear windows, pleasant aromas that don’t involve diapers, perfect counter tops and equally clean stove [...]

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Overcoming the Fear of Life

Birth is a mysterious event... It seems so oddly related to death, with the blends of emotions and sufferings and hopes and... fears.  At least for me. We recently welcomed our 9th little blessing into the world.  Matthew Michael Augustine was born October 30th at precisely 10:00 p.m.  As with each pregnancy and birth, each [...]

This Little Light of Mine…

I was having one of those days. OK, one of those weeks. Seems like if something could go wrong or get broken or get hurt, it did.  If I start the list, I'll tempt myself to go for the bottle of Captain Morgan's (skip the glass), and seeing as I am expecting, I tend to [...]

New Year’s Hope…

I have lots of New Year's Eve memories. Many over recent years have been non-eventful, since I knew that even if I fell asleep at 8:30 or 11:59 the New Year would still roll around.  Other memories are of pure and crazy fun, and others (pre-conversion) I can't (and would rather not) remember. As for New [...]

The Ever Elusive “Getting it All Done”

Repeat after me: AAAAAGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!!! That's on a good day, like today. I supposed I have been 'gifted' with this urgent feeling that I must accomplish everything on my phantom written-in-stone list.  I just, for once, want to FINISH my work.  I long for this... I grasp in the air for it... I lay awake pining [...]