The Optical Illusion of Opposites

We basically define others and ourselves by opposites.  When we are not defining opposites, we are creating them.  I’m hot.  I’m cold.  I’m rich.  I’m poor.  I’m skinny.  I’m fat.  I’m right.  You’re wrong.  And, we dart back and forth.  One moment I’m happy.  The next moment I’m sad.  It can be as dizzying asContinue reading “The Optical Illusion of Opposites”

Frogs and Toads

Last night I had a string of vivid dreams.  The memory of them is fuzzy now, but each one somehow led into the next.  At one point there was a bright green frog or toad in my dream.  I can’t remember why it made an appearance, but it stood out as some 3D vision withinContinue reading “Frogs and Toads”

From Manchester to Manhattan

This is a writing assignment from Mariana, our writing group leader.  I decided to incorporate it with today’s letter “M.”  My name is Jessica.  My dear father named me.  My mother I don’t remember.  I was but a mere babe when she died.  Papa never took another wife.  He loved my mother dearly and couldContinue reading “From Manchester to Manhattan”


Love might be one of the most overused words in the English language as well as the most misunderstood.  It can span the scale from 0 to 10 in actual meaning.  One might say I love pizza, and then there is waiting for that special someone to say those three words, “I love you.” ItContinue reading “Love”


When it seems like nothing else in life is working kindness can go a long way, from being kind to others and from kindness received.  It’s one of the few things in the world that doesn’t necessarily involve money. Kindness can be offered in more than just word or deed.  It is also body language. Continue reading “Kindness”

Life as a Jigsaw Puzzle

Intuition and synchronicity came into play this morning, as it does so often, in determining what the “J” word would be.   I picked up the book I am currently reading.  In today’s chapter the word jigsaw was used.  A few minutes later I played a word scramble game where you have to make as manyContinue reading “Life as a Jigsaw Puzzle”


I was recently honored with the Inspiring Blog Award from A Story Book World: I started this blog as mainly a lesson in thankfulness – a lesson for myself.  I do, also, if possible, try to inspire others as well as myself.  Writing and sharing can be inspirational in itself.  Although this blog isContinue reading “Inspiration”

Vegan Rice, Sausage, Onions & Kidney Beans

The other night it dawned on me that I was the queen of one dish meals.  I may use a couple or more burners to cook the meals, but they end up somehow in the same serving platter. The one pictured was simple – rice of your choice (This was a mixed rice with variousContinue reading “Vegan Rice, Sausage, Onions & Kidney Beans”