TWITL – week twenty-eight – the long rest

TWITL – week twenty-eight – the long rest

My dad’s oldest sister died on Wednesday night. She was ninety years old, mother of four, grandmother of four, oldest of six who lived into adulthood. I can still hear her voice. I like to think she’s resting now… The work week went by in a weird sort of blur and ended with the last…

TWITL – week twenty-seven – back to work

TWITL – week twenty-seven – back to work

It’s still summer break for the kids out this way but I went back to work after more than a week off. Even though I had a lot of emails and voicemails to go through, it wasn’t so bad. I have air conditioning at work and not many interruptions when it’s summer break… TV The…

TWITL – week twenty-six – my summer break

TWITL – week twenty-six – my summer break

Last year, I didn’t take any chunks of time off from work during summer break but this year I decided I wanted some time off. Once noon hit on that last Friday in June, I was off for eleven whole days. My vacation started rather lowkey. Lots of tv watching and mostly just lazy stuff.…

TWITL – week twenty-five – looking back ever with fondness

TWITL – week twenty-five – looking back ever with fondness

An elementary school and high school classmate of mine, Kyle Seipel, died on Monday, June 21st. I found out a couple of days later while scrolling through Facebook. Here was someone I’d known since at least the fourth grade (maybe third?) and he was gone from the world. Most of my memories of Kyle are…

TWITL – week twenty-four – riding out into the sunset

TWITL – week twenty-four – riding out into the sunset

I imagine him riding towards that sunset, the motorcycle roaring, the wind whipping as joy hums through his soul, love soars in his heart, and peace guides him. He’s free, leaving behind so much love and joy… Steve was my cousin’s husband. He was family the moment he was with Beverly. When she died, he…

TWITL – week twenty-three – fun in the sun

TWITL – week twenty-three – fun in the sun

It was such a lovely week, weather-wise. We had a couple of days where it was actually cool enough to not run the a/c after work. Amazing! Of course, now it’s warming up again. The forecast says that we’ll have triple digits by the end of the week. Yikes! Our Saturday started with corn hole.…

TWITL – week twenty-two – creative limbo

TWITL – week twenty-two – creative limbo

I started writing a story (even though I have at least two other stories that need some attention) from a scene that came in strong (and had no place in other stories I’d already started). I’m in the outlining stage and writing random chapters to get to know the characters. I thought it would be…

TWITL – week twenty-one – something I had to say

TWITL – week twenty-one – something I had to say

You know how you have to sometimes have those uncomfortable conversations with your family or friends? It’s an interesting thing when it’s in the context of an online chat. You get the time to really think about what you want to say and to compose it in what is hopefully a constructive way. Most of…