going through my piles of stuff
i found this page
from exactly 13 years ago
when I solved my first
nyt sunday crossword puzzle
all on my own
all spaces filled
I was so happy
this was a personal goal
I had worked on many puzzles
and finally began to learn
the styles of the editors/writers
what spaces, clues, word play, patterns, punctuation, puns, word roots,
capital letters, italics, other languages, irony, humor, sarcasm all meant
I like to work in ink
not crossing out clues
not in any order
do as much as I can
walk away once or twice
then it somehow all falls into place
sometimes I master it
sometimes it masters me
now every sunday
I eagerly grab my newspaper from outside the door
and the challenge begins once again.
I attribute it all to sheer will and bit of magic.
‘our whole life is solving puzzles.’
i really enjoyed a relaxed game night with
a group of long-time friends
a couple of grandies
a few old dogs
just like most of us there
the old dogs
have lived full lives
one is lame
one is deaf
one is blind
all have their challenges
and one thing in common
they love being with the people they love.
“old dogs can be a regal sight.
their exuberance settles over the years into a seasoned nobility,
their routines become as locked into yours
as the quietest and kindest of marriages.
image credit: pinterest.co.uk, steiff dog on wheels, brown and black mohair
“all of us might wish at times
that we lived in a more tranquil world,
but we don’t.
and if our times are difficult and perplexing,
so are they challenging and filled with opportunity.”
—robert f. kennedy, who died on this day in 1968
on a downtown detroit day
beautiful little gems
in so many
buoying our hopes
for a city
that has not given up
and is beginning
to thrive once again
in spite of
that once seemed
“there is no power for change greater
than a community discovering what it cares about.”
– margaret j. wheatley
so very proud to be attending baby daughter h’s graduation,
it has been a long and winding road,
with 2 small babies, a hubby, a career change, charity work, lots of fiestas, lots of challenges,
and pure grit.
no one in our little family takes the easy road to get places,
and i think we’ve been made all the stronger for it.
and i’m happy she’s following her own uncharted paths.
and now she will join the ranks of those who teach the little people in our world,
and they will be lucky to have her, just as we all are.
and she will encourage them to follow their own paths.
here’s to you, baby daughter, h, with much love and bursting with pride.
“We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”
Charles R. Swindoll