Category 'Adventures with Bucky—the University of Wisconsin mascot'

21
Jul

Self-Care According to Bucky, the UW Mascot

Self-care is often last on the list of priorities for busy women. Bucky, the UW mascot, would like to share a few thoughts on this subject since July is self-care month. He is assisted by a few of his comrades displayed throughout the Madison area during Bucky on Parade. Let’s help Broadcaster Bucky get the […]

29
Jun

A Season of Quarantined or Cocooned?

Frightened, bewildered, and shut away—the hallmarks of this quarantined season.  I don’t understand why we’ve been engulfed in a pandemic and why so many people suffered the loss of loved ones and livelihood. The following verse has challenged me: Trust in the Lord with all your heart,and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5 NKJV) “Trust […]

13
Apr

Arise from Your Past Season and Shine

It was time to organize, pitch, and clean.  The disarray of my physical environment was interfering with my productivity. I’d start a writing project, but I couldn’t maintain my focus. So, I stuffed garbage bags with stacks of mail and magazines, deleted thousands of emails, shredded paper, and rearranged closets.  But decluttering my physical surroundings […]

19
Mar

A Woman’s Courage to March On

I never met my Great-Aunt Lucy. She wasn’t famous. But she lived a life marked by courage and adventure.  When WWII rocked the world, the Red Cross recruited nurses. Great-Aunt Lucy responded to the call as did her nursing classmates, graduates from the New York Post Graduate Hospital. They were quite a public-spirited group. Aunt […]

24
Oct

4 Steps to Upgrade from Anxiety to Excitement

My heart raced. Why was I dreading what should have been a fun celebration?  Several months ago, my book, In Her Shoes: Dancing in the Shadow of Cancer, was released. With a friend’s help, I organized a book launch party in my home. We prayed, planned, and prepared. Every detail had been taken into account. But when […]

23
Mar

11 Facets to Upgrade a Friendship

Friends are like precious jewels in a treasure chest.

24
Sep

7 Tips to Rebuild Your Life After a Winter Season

Sometimes my life seems to mirror the two seasons dominating Wisconsin—winter and road construction. For me, a diagnosis of ovarian cancer raised a stop sign and detoured me into a winter season. Major life events can divert us into the barrenness of winter, loss of a loved one or a job, changes in finances or […]

4
Aug

Just A Summer Read? (Part II: The Value of Non-Fiction)

The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go. ―Dr. Seuss For many of us, reading non-fiction began in the halls of higher learning, shortly after we mastered “See Jane run.” Depending on our bent, earthworms, ants and mathematical equations may not have endeared us to […]

12
Jul

Just A Summer Read? (Part 1: The Value of Fiction)

From early childhood, I have gleaned a wealth of knowledge from reading fiction. I am grateful for the life lessons of Mother Goose. Don’t sit on a wall, or I might fall. If I trudge up a hill to fetch water I might tumble down, especially if I’m with a boy. No matter how tempting, […]

18
Apr

Walking a Loved One Eternally Home

“I have stage 4 cancer,” my sister Tracy said. I groaned as I tightened my grip on the phone. How could this happen to my sister? She goes to the gym everyday. As a cancer survivor and a nurse with an oncology background, I was familiar with stage 4 cancer. But a few days later, […]