Shenanigans

My husband and I started a family tradition, 30 years ago, of hosting a Shenanigans Party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with our Murphy relatives. We served Irish stew along with a variety of green foods. We drew names to exchange gag gifts – I remember my sister-in-law giving me a copy of Cowsmopolitan MagazineContinue reading “Shenanigans”

Streamlining That Bucket List

Bucket Lists are great, but they can also be a bit overwhelming.  It takes a great deal of planning, not to mention a mountain of cash, to go skydiving, take scuba diving lessons, climb the Eiffel Tower, and run with the bulls in Spain. These are not the things on my Bucket List, by theContinue reading “Streamlining That Bucket List”

Simple Things Matter

Most of us tend to measure life’s journey in milestones – weddings, births, graduations, job promotions, retirements. We invest a great deal of time and planning into celebrating these things, as it should be, for they are, indeed, joyous occasions. There are, however, many ordinary days in between those special occasions. Sometimes, if we aren’t careful,Continue reading “Simple Things Matter”

June Bugs Under Beautiful Skies

June is such a beautiful time of year in Kentucky. Marshmallow clouds float against a crystal blue sky, swirling and dancing ever so gently. The season is filled with lots of fun outdoor activities, but the long days also provide adequate time to just relax and take in the sensational sights and sounds of summertime.Continue reading “June Bugs Under Beautiful Skies”

Milestones in May

All of the events and activities of spring are winding down to make room for the fast-approaching relaxing days of summer. It’s a time for celebrating many milestones for my family, and I’m grateful for each and every one of them. Another Kentucky Derby in the Books The state of Kentucky gets many visitors thisContinue reading “Milestones in May”

Perfect Harmony

New Harmony, Indiana is one of my all-time favorite small towns. I’ve been there on several occasions, with my daughter, with my sister, and even on a couple of solo trips. I got one of the best massages I’ve ever had in New Harmony. The food is always delicious, and I come away feeling stress-freeContinue reading “Perfect Harmony”

God Loves Women

I recently read an article which appeared to encourage women to disengage from the church, stating that the Bible depicts God as believing women are second-class citizens on this earth, that they are somehow “less than” their male counterparts. The author of the article even went so far as to add several facts regarding theContinue reading “God Loves Women”

Warming Up to February

I find myself sorely missing the sunshine by the time February rolls around. Sometimes it’s necessary to combat the blueness of the season by making a little sunshine of our own in our hearts. These are the things that top my gratitude list this month: SOUP’S ON! I like to make a lot of soupsContinue reading “Warming Up to February”

Like Peter

I was in my mid-twenties, attending a business function in Kansas City, MO. I sat down for breakfast with several other women whom I had just met the day before. They were discussing a conversation that had taken place with another woman, mocking her for her “overzealous” religious beliefs. I sat quietly, eating my breakfast. OneContinue reading “Like Peter”