32 years later, I came undone.

I am a MST survivor.  Military Sexual Assault. Sexual Assault. Rape.  My sexual assault occurred in 1984 in Frankfurt, Germany. I had been in-country less than two weeks, and this was my first duty station. I was 18, a private (PV2), my rapist was a sergeant. Alcohol was involved. I was not able to stop…

My favorite sounds.

A few months ago, while dinking around on Facebook, I came across a question. Readers were asked to name their favorite sound. A single sound. I couldn’t do it. I couldn’t pick just one. So, off I went on a fun little project for myself, making a list of favorite sounds. Here’s what I came…

Be kind.

“If you want to plant roots in your own community, bless someone less fortunate than yourself with wings to soar.” (Maria Appleby) Time costs you nothing. Wave to your neighbors. Check on the elderly in your neighborhood. Become a mentor. Go to your local shelter and walk a dog, or pet the kitties in the…

For the love of Sam.

Two Sundays ago (March 5, 2017) we lost our beloved little Sam. He was just barely six months old. He rapidly developed an unexplained, and terribly high fever. He had not been sick, nor did he display any other signs or symptoms. We took him to the University of Illinois Small Animal Clinic knowing what…

Easy Lime Curd

February 24, 2017 I spent several hours yesterday poring over my own cook books and scouring the Internet for lime curd recipes. Some of my Facebook friends also offered a lot of helpful tips and tricks when we discussed it. Boy, was that an eye opener! So many methods! Wowee! Some people use double boilers,…

I am grateful for last words.

#ProjectZen #Day24 #GratitudeProject I have a private message sitting in my Facebook inbox from a friend. It’s from someone I knew over 25 years ago when I was in the Army in Germany. We weren’t “close friends” back in the day, but we did work together, and he did train me in a new job.…

I am grateful for Eastern Illinois Foodbank.

#ProjectZen #Day23 #GratitudeProject Yesterday we received food from the Eastern Illinois Foodbank pop-up pantry in Champaign, Illinois. We are so thrilled! Produce, frozen chicken, snacks, canned goods, and smiles. With me not being able to work right now and as of yet not eligible for aid of any kind, getting a little help and love…