One Thin Slice

In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, Mema and Momma cleaned the house from top to bottom. Mema dug out the Thanksgiving tablecloths and napkins and her heavy gold flatware. We rearranged all the furniture to make room for extra tables to hold all the food. With 22 family members coming, Thanksgiving was a special…

Ann’s Choice

When I was 16 years old, I had a boyfriend, David, with an incredible mom that made a lifelong impact on me. One afternoon I was invited to a cookout at the backyard of their house in Dallas, and David’s dad was there as well. I had never seen a divorced couple on good terms…

Hot Pink Lipstick

Once upon a time She worn bright pink lipstick,too A dark brown bikini Chosen because it matched Her dark brown skin So exactly That from a distance It looked as if she was Dancing naked on the dock Drinking Bartles and James cheap wine coolers And now..she wishes She had the bikini,the tan And the…

Be There

She saw another picture got a postcard in the mail was told to hold the spot for another time All these people  going places  where she wishes she could be there Texts sent feet in the sand drink in hand beautiful mountains of Ireland a cathedral in Spain saxophone playing in Greece There’s a part…

A Blessing and A Curse

 Friday afternoon a friend of mine stopped by my massage studio and we sat outside on the patio,drinking beer and catching up. He had been doing yard work all day and I had just finished several massage sessions. It was a rare chance just to sit down together for a little while.  We started talking…

People,Paulo, Perspective

Paulo Coelho wrote- “No one loses anyone, because no one owns anyone. That is the true experience of freedom and loyalty.” These words stuck a chord with me and I  pondered the depth and scope of what it means to lose, to own, to love, to understand and to have freedom. It wasn’t enough for…

Missing Pieces

I placed a 550 piece puzzle on the coffee table at my massage studio and encouraged the clients that were waiting to put it together, to find the pieces and fit them into place, to search and seek and to use their mind and hands in a productive, creative way. After a week, I came…