Beauty, Grace & Style

Having experienced so many challenges in my life, time and again, these words are, absolutely, coming from personal experience. There are a few things I’ve learned for certain: 1. Life is WAY too short for the cheap stuff. 2. There are NO guarantees, regardless how much insurance coverage you think you’ve got. 3. God, most…

What The Hell Was The Reason, Again?

Yes, working in retail reminds me just how commercial our holiday season has become. Christmas trees and decorations were out before trick-or-treaters hit the streets. What the hell happened to the holidays, anyway? Personally, I’ve never gone out and charged a bunch of stuff on credit cards to show my love for others. I’ve never…

Just Who Really Gives A Crap?

For the first time, in a very long time, I find myself working in the retail industry. Yes, like so many of us, I lost my “corporate” job and re-entered the rat-race of looking for work again. Shame on me, for making a livable wage. Shame on me, for making so many sacrifices, which only benefited…

My Sister…My Promise

My sister had been battling cancer for many years and felt she wasn’t going to win this fight. It was everywhere now, even in her bone marrow. We sat against the bathtub next to the toilet, at Mom & Dad’s house, embraced in each other’s arms. She couldn’t keep food down and had a hard…

Slow Dancing At A Funeral

Most all those that know me are already aware how much I adore art. I have since childhood and still continue expressing myself through the creative processes before me to this very day. My father was the greatest artist I’ve ever known. Yes, he could paint, draw, design, and create things that would blow your…

Creations From A Beautiful Disaster

I’m so excited, re-connecting with my passions. At the same time, I have no idea what lies ahead of me. I walk into my beautiful disaster, my work room, and I feel so good. I’ve been attracted to rocks, crystals and such my entire life. Every trip I’ve taken, I’ve brought back a piece of…

Trash Talkin…

I’ve always felt a strong connection to our waters, not really sure why, but knew I’d always felt something there. I’ve got dolphins wrapped around a finger, waves around another, a whale tail around my neck and coral, shells and shark’s teeth around my home. I’ve always loved Michigan for the wonderful “water wonderland” that…

Let Go & Push Reset

Okay, people say He doesn’t throw more at you than He believes you are strong enough to handle, but what if I don’t want to be the strong one today? I greatly appreciate the compliment, but can I have the day off? Last Thanksgiving was the 17 year mark since I re-entered the workforce, became…