Thursday, March 25, 2010

Just Nuts... or Not

It’s just a candy bar.
Chocolate, sugar
And crushed nuts.
What could be the harm?

People with allergies
Just need to be
More careful.
Take responsibility.

That’s what they said.
That’s what they thought.
Until she collapsed
Just in front of them.

Red faced and
Gasping for life.
Just because someone
Couldn’t imagine the harm.

55 Flash Fiction Friday: Compose a story in 55 words and report back
to the G-Man at …every Friday.

This week a woman I work with experienced a second near-fatal allergy attack. While we don’t know exactly what triggered it, we suspect it had something to do with the large amounts of food, which are constantly circulating within our office area.

I can’t imagine how difficult it must be to live with a condition like this. Or be the parent of a child with such an allergy. I do know, however, the next time I begin to feel inconvenienced by any nut free rule, I will remember my friend and instead feel fortunate that this is the only thing I have to worry about. 

Sunday, March 21, 2010

He's Leaving

I signed the papers… but only now is it really sinking in. With bags packed, my baby glances back as my heart bleeds, “Don’t worry mom. I’ll be home Wednesday.”

Sunday 160 is a creation of Monkey Man. If you’d like to participate or check out other 160s visit him at

Tomorrow morning my 11 year old is going away on his first overnight school trip. I know he’ll be fine, but even thinking about not having him nearby is difficult for me. As parents, we try to do what’s best for our children and sometimes that means letting go. I’m sure, by the time he comes back, we’ll both have benefitted from the experience.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Spring Blessings

And Spring arose on the garden fair,

Like the Spirit of Love felt everywhere,

And each flower and herb on Earth's dark breast

Rose from the dreams of its wintry rest.

~Percy Bysshe Shelley, from "The Sensitive Plant"

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Battle Cry

The chance to love and laugh,
To truly learn and grow,
Watch our children’s children
Run and play and know
Human expectations
Surpassed because we dared,
United in the glory
Of this planet we all shared.
Before another moment
Slips away into the night
Hold up the torch of wisdom
And project it into light.

55 Flash Fiction Friday: Compose a story in 55 words and report back
to the G-Man at …every Friday.

And now, just for a little inspirational fun (because being hero should occasionally be fun):

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

What You Don't Know

Thank you, Jingle, for this lovely award. In keeping with its tradition, I have posted it along with a list of 7 things you don’t know about me – linked it back to Jingle – and nominated 7 other blogging pals for the award:

And now for my list:
  1. I’m a certified practitioner of various healing modalities including Reiki, Blue Star and Ruach.
  2. I am passionate about the environment. 
  3. I’m almost as passionate about my MAC.
  4. I am obsessed with crystals… and have amassed quite an impressive collection, including 2 skulls.
  5. If tetherball was an Olympic sport, I’m certain I’d have won a gold medal at the age of 12 (yep, I was THAT awesome).
  6. I’m addicted to Nutella and will happily eat it with a spoon.
  7. I’m constantly accused of wearing too much black… but, really, can there be such a thing?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Only 6 More Sleeps

...until Spring!

Spring is nature's way of saying, "Let's party!"  ~Robin Williams

It's spring fever.  That is what the name of it is.  And when you've got it, you want - oh, you don't quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so!  ~Mark Twain

If you've never been thrilled to the very edges of your soul by a flower in spring bloom, maybe your soul has never been in bloom.  ~Terri Guillemets

Spring shows what God can do with a drab and dirty world.  ~Virgil A. Kraft

The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created Spring.  ~Bern Williams

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Hope Renewed

Winter winds
So carelessly blown:
A harsh and
Penetrating assault
On a heart
Wide open and true.

Too long
By chilly disregard,
A presence left bare,
To the elements,
Tightly cloaked.

Then hope,
In another form,
Alights with Spring.
An alluring warmth
Procuring promises
Of tender days,
And love is
Welcome, again.

55 Flash Fiction Friday: Compose a story in 55 words and report back
to the G-Man at …every Friday.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The Web

“Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.” 
~Chief Seattle, 1855