Blog #27: Water, Water, Everywhere, so Why Don’t I Take a Drink?

While it has been a challenge to pick up my needle, the pattern and the fabric and work on my projects, and it has taken me a while to get in the habit of following the FlyLady’s routines to create a more orderly home. Blogging is an entirely new venture, so I’m learning new skillsContinue reading “Blog #27: Water, Water, Everywhere, so Why Don’t I Take a Drink?”

Blog #26: The Up-Side of Not Being Super Rich

I’m rich in many things, grateful beyond measure for my friends, family, a warm, safe place to live, the gift of a relationship with God, work that matters to me and sometimes helps others, opportunities to serve, and the privilege of a wonderful education. However, I am not one of the 1% who control soContinue reading “Blog #26: The Up-Side of Not Being Super Rich”

Blog #25: To Quit, to Fail, or Just Deal

In less than a week, it will be time to remeasure my waistline to see if there was progress; count the completed cross stitch projects and see if I the ten I wanted to have done are, indeed, finished; look back and see if I did 31 daily blogs; and record whether I was ableContinue reading “Blog #25: To Quit, to Fail, or Just Deal”

Blog #24: The Real Reasons I’m Decluttering This Time

Yes, of course I want my home to be hospitable to visitors, and of course, I deserve an orderly, beautiful space in which to be at peace and live an orderly, beautiful life. More productive if I can find a pair of scissors, any one of the four pairs of scissors I know I own?Continue reading “Blog #24: The Real Reasons I’m Decluttering This Time”

Blog 23: Bread Needs to Be Kneaded; People Need to Be Needed (Part 3 of the Three-Part Series on Redefining Productivity)

As I continue cross-stitching my way through these Big Hairy Audacious days, putting little tiny x-es in various colors in prescribed patterns, I have noticed that my pretty pointillist pictures are not particularly useful. My knitting friends are creating mittens, hats, scarves, shawls and blankets: they will keep people warm this winter. A decorated scrapContinue reading “Blog 23: Bread Needs to Be Kneaded; People Need to Be Needed (Part 3 of the Three-Part Series on Redefining Productivity)”

Blog #22: Giving Big, Hairy, Audacious Thanks

Tell the muscles in your face to create a smile.  Send the message to your nerves to move your lips, and as a side effect, as you fake that tooth-showing grin, your mood changes.  It doesn’t happen if you grimace instead of smile, but make yourself physically smile and there’s an emotional connection. Research showsContinue reading “Blog #22: Giving Big, Hairy, Audacious Thanks”

Blog #21: Part 2 of 3: Redefining Productivity as Part of Aging Gracefully

This is an article I wrote for Presbyterians Today: The final frontier Presbyterians Today December 20, 2016 The challenge of aging gracefully By Caroline Vickery At the end of the Gospel of John, Jesus tells Peter, “I tell you, when you were younger, you used to fasten your own belt and to go wherever you wished.Continue reading “Blog #21: Part 2 of 3: Redefining Productivity as Part of Aging Gracefully”

Blog #20: Redefining Productivity, First in a Three-Part Series

Our culture has an unhealthy definition of what it means to be productive. Education’s purpose is to create productive members of our economy. We measure an individual’s worth by his or her contribution to the Gross National Product: we can fall into the trap of defining a productive member of society as someone who hasContinue reading “Blog #20: Redefining Productivity, First in a Three-Part Series”

Blog #18: Sometimes You Need to Calm the Brain Down

Blog #18: Sometimes You Need to Calm the Brain Down A curious concatenation of circumstances combined that compelled me to craft in cross stitching on a fresh chart, rather than one of the projects I committed to complete by December 5th.  It was the healthy choice to make. My mind and spirit were tired afterContinue reading “Blog #18: Sometimes You Need to Calm the Brain Down”