• Clash of Concepts

    November 28 – Prevent

    “Only YOU can prevent forest fires.” Remember Smoky Bear’s directive? Fires were always something to prevent. As a newspaper reporter, I covered several fire prevention events and photographed too many house fires. Each house fire always took me back to the mid-1970s when our little farmhouse burned to the ground. We lost everything. The structure of the house was completely gone, replaced by a pile of ashes. By the grace of God, we were not home. My family was devastated by the fire. Displaced. Separated. Lost. I was the only one of us in school, so I stayed with the neighbors or a family friend so I could continue to…

  • Clash of Concepts

    November 27 – Cool

    OK, be realistic. You had to expect when you saw today’s word that I would bring this up. This is probably the last time during this month’s project that I will write on this subject—since we’re this close to the end, I can be pretty confident of that statement. Here goes “Cool”: My mom had a favorite song. Many nights when I was growing up, I watched Mom and my aunt—and sometimes Mom by herself—dance to “Long Cool Woman” by The Hollies. Mom was a phenomenal dancer—I loved watching the carefree way she moved to the beat. Sometimes she danced the Jitterbug, sometimes freestyle, always beautiful. She danced to the…

  • Clash of Concepts

    November 26 – Communicate

    How often do we communicate what we need? Our true feelings? Our desires and passions? What are we communicating if we aren’t showing our true selves to those we love? Are we being fair in what we do communicate? While I strive to be a positive, upbeat person, I must admit, I frequently communicate negative thoughts, words and emotions, especially in the past year, and especially against myself. I am often hardest on me—and by default—the other half of me—my husband. I am unfair. I am angry. I am unyielding. But I’m willing to change. I want to start communicating what I need without the expectation that anyone needs to…