July 2012

Recently I had to call someone I hadn’t spoken to in at least 15 years. We needed some advice and I knew she was the right address. With trepidation, I called her number. Would she answer? Would she remember me?

I shouldn’t have been concerned. The excitement in her voice was contagious – we were thrilled to be reconnected. We caught up on each other’s front page news – and there were some shocking news stories!

I can’t believe we’re in the same life situation! I wonder if she’ll want to get together.

Before I could ask that question out, my friend suggested meeting for coffee.

A week later, I entered her home – it felt so comfortable and familiar. Had it really been 15 years? We greeted each other with warm hugs and huge smiles. How relaxing to be in the company of a long-time friend!

We delved deeper into those news stories. We laughed at our foibles – and those of others! We explored our feelings about widowhood. We traded stories of how we got here and how we’re managing. And discovered we’re not just managing, we’re thriving.

We discussed where we’re headed. And now we can do that together.

Reconnecting with a long-time friend…what a gift!


It’s really, “Happy Belated Birthday!” Growing the Write Way turned three years old last weekend!

The blog has certainly had an interesting journey so far. It started out small and walking tentative steps. Then it took off, running speedily downhill and tripped and fell – like any little kid learning to walk. It got up, looked around for comfort and found some.

It moved cautiously ahead, trying to decide which way to go. It chose to climb carefully up the mountain in front of it. It was a steep climb. So periodically, the blog stopped to enjoy the view – snow-capped mountains, blue-green ocean waters, pink-red-yellow flowers, and bright blue jays.

As it heads into its fourth year, the blog is still exploring the mountain – it’s not at the top. But it sure is up for the adventures ahead!

Thank you for travelling with us (the Blog and Me)!

For July, my Advice from Nature calendar wants us to learn from the eagle:

Let your spirit soar.

See the big picture.

Cherish freedom.

Honor the earth and sky.

Keep your goals in sight.

Bald is beautiful.

Fly high!

The calendar also shares advice from a mountain:

Reach for new heights.

Rise above it all.

There is beauty as far as the eye can see.

Be uplifting.

Patience, patience, patience.

Get to the point.

Rock on!

This month, I think I’ll keep my goals in sight and be patient as I await the outcome of my efforts.

And while I’m waiting, I might as well let my spirit soar…and rock on!

In honor of July 4th, remember to cherish freedom!