Gathering My Thoughts


Scotty Smith, in his newsletter “Heavenward,” offers prayers on accepting changes. It’s something we must all do if we are to live in harmony with each other and the world. It’s not a simple thing, accepting change. As he states, “Our kids get older and our bodies get weaker,” we have to adjust to “a new voice” and sometimes “a new heart” called to move in a different direction from where we are most comfortable.

:: pondering on

Both big and not-so-big changes I’m making to this blog. I’ve been dipping my toes in the blogosphere for nearly two years now. I’ve made many, many new creative friends all over the world. I’ve been exposed to numerous blogs and lives that otherwise I might not have been. And with such exposure comes inspiration , permission to course change whenever or wherever possible, the power of letting go and healing, and allowing space for yourself to spread your wings. In many ways I’m still a novice to blogging. It’s a different medium than writing really. It’s a conversation: “What I love about the blogs is you can facilitate a conversation,” as a panelist said at a conference that the blogger, Modern Mrs. Darcy, attended. Like any conversation, one generally begins with an introduction. For bloggers, that introduction begins with the title of their blog. Unlike most introductions, where people ask your name and then inquire about who you are and / or what you do, blogs are introduced by what they are {or are not} about, followed then by who you are. After two years, I’ve found that my initial blog title did not fully serve the heart of my blog. For my blog is that, but so much more, of who I am and where I want to be. In his book, WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS, Shel Silverstein writes, in a poem by the same title:
Beach walk

“There is a place where the side walk ends…And the sun burns crimson red…We’ll walk with a walk that is measured and slow…[to] The place where the sidewalk ends.”

And for me, the end of the sidewalk from my hometown in Detroit is here in California. So I’ve chosen a new name for this place where you and I will continue to meet — for I am a City Girl in the Sand here.

:: listening to

Some new artists like HAIM and Kerli. Also listening to the sound of children outside playing now that the weather has heated up a bit. These last few days have been blustery, cold, and rainy. Perfect for me, but not-so-much for little bodies that want to run and tumble.

:: reading

I just finished reading HER GHOST WEARS KILTS by Kathleen Shaputis. Kathleen and I have known each other for nearly 18 years. Her accomplishments inspire me to push towards completing and publishing my own writing. Her story moved along at a rather comfortable pace and, although I am not normally a romance reader, I found it to be an enchanting read. My favorite line by one of the characters was, “What in the plaid is going on here?”  I found myself thinking a lot about the old 1944 film THE CANTERVILLE GHOST — though the description of Kathleen’s ghost is far more visually fetching than Charles Laughton in an English Castle.

I am also reading a novel written by a colleague I graduated with from CSU, San Bernardino, SHAME’S BALLAD (Susan Landers). the writing is excellent and so perfectly brings the life of a rock ‘n roll star down to earth for me to understand. Susan’s work as a radio air personality for nearly 28 years, including her current position on the SoCal rock station 96.7 KCAL-FM, makes this read rich, yet easily digestible.

:: giving thanks

For daughters who aren’t afraid to spread their wings and embrace new adventures. For grandchildren who do the same, and aren’t afraid to pick themselves up and dust themselves off and keep at it, even though their nerve and hearts are tender. For family friends who are game for last-minute dinner plans simply because it’s been “too long” since we’ve had one-on-one time. For those “daughters” we’ve adopted with our hearts who have taken different paths to love and motherhood. For one such “daughter” in which we are anxiously awaiting the birth of her twin boys and the chance to welcome them into our circle of family & friends.

:: living the liturgy

“Although you have not see Him you love Him; even though you do not see Him now yet believe in Him, you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” — 1 Peter 1:3

Offering up everything I do in joy to Him who makes all I attempt possible. And deeply moved by the canonization of both Popes John Paul II and John XXIII — now — in my time on earth.

:: loving the moment

Time to work on my writing without interruption, while Ernie is on a fishing trip with his buddies. Although I do find that as I grow older I am not as fearless as I once was to be home alone — and that I miss him terribly when he isn’t here.


:: what I’m taking with me as I go into this coming week

Listen to the MUSTN’TS, child,

Listen to the DONT’S

Listen to the SHOULDN’TS


Listen to the NEVER HAVES

Then listen close to me —

Anything can happen, child,

ANYTHING can be.

— Shel Siverstein, “LISTEN TO THE MUSTN’TS”

Blessings, dear reader!







  1. I can certainly relate to this part of your post… “Our kids get older and our bodies get weaker,” we have to adjust to “a new voice” and sometimes “a new heart” called to move in a different direction from where we are most comfortable.

    We must have faith and courage to move through any fears that show up when there are changes on the horizon. I’m being tested a lot that this past year and having faith and trusting has been invaluable. By the way, thank you for the link-back to my blog post. I’m really touched. Blessings!!

    • You are SO welcome, Suzanne! I really try to link up to other creatives I’ve met along the way when I can, especially if their blog, or blog post(s), relates to what I’m writing about at the time. After all, isn’t that what this form of media / medium is truly for? 😀 Blessings back at ya’!

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