Top 10 preventatives to avoid losing your temper with a child

•January 8, 2017 • 2 Comments

Screaming chilld with family  © Katarzyna Bialasiewicz.jpg

I’m always about solutions so rather than dwell on the various tragedies that seem to flood the news, here’s my thought for today:  In these stressful times, it doesn’t hurt to become proactive!

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SO SPECIAL…………………………

•January 4, 2017 • 8 Comments


I love this idea from theutopiauniverse!

“I think this is a wonderful thoughtful gift, from you to your loved ones, it can be very personal and hold special thoughts, I have been busy today, making “Memory Jars” for my loved ones…”

Source: SO SPECIAL…………………………

Has this ever happened to you? #1

•January 2, 2017 • 2 Comments



Today, as I look back over some of the really awful and awkward things I said last year… ok, just the stuff I said last week, I’m still haunted by a conversation I had in a grocery store where I knew what to say but in the heat of the moment, my emotions got the best of me.  I could sum it up to me being tired and trying not to be ‘on’ or in advocate mode but no excuses in 2017, rightHere’s more on that conversation.

Are there things you’ve said, texted or messaged that you wish you could take back?  If so, feel free to share!


Photo by Vadymvdrobot©

Wishing you all a peaceful transition…

•January 2, 2017 • 4 Comments


Wishing you all a peaceful transition into 2017!  May you carry the joy, fond memories, and lessons learned from 2016 forward…  To happy and healthy new beginnings!


Photo by Vencavolrab©

Night Shift.

•November 26, 2016 • 2 Comments


Many of my family members and friends are working the overnights and 3rd shifts (U.S. Air Force, home health care, domestic violence shelters, hospitals…).  I hope and pray all those serving at night have peace while the rest of us try to sleep.

Night Shift. inspirational digital art by @lemanshots.

Breaking through the silos (or how to successfully navigate personal and professional relationships) – series

•November 13, 2016 • 6 Comments


Dear Friends,

As many of you know from my posting on Missing you…, I took a hiatus from the I truly missed my time as a writer and I appreciate the support of those well wishes and followers who kept me in their hearts.

I am happy to say that I will return to visiting your blogs and forums, sharing your links with others, and occasionally posting original tiny bites of inspiration to “What…cookies again?

The next part of my journey includes obtaining a certificate in project management so I can continue to assist individuals and organizations who serve those often silenced (victims and survivors of domestic violence/sexual assault, the homeless, etc.). Furthering my professional development goals will give me more material for “Breaking Through The Silos…,” a series dedicated to helping us maintain healthy relationships on the homefront and in the office. (The release date is tentatively scheduled for Spring 2018.)

Thanks for your continued support and I hope you’ll stay with me on this journey!




Child and doves photo by Alena Ozerova©.

Missing you…

•April 9, 2016 • 19 Comments

Missing You © Peng Liu


To my dear blogging family/friends and community members, I’m feeling guilty because I haven’t been able to visit or post as usual.  I had a personal daily goal to visit and like/respond to as many of my favorite bloggers as possible (those who’ve continually supported me since I returned to WordPress and those new found friends/followers).

Well life just keeps happening…

I’m dealing with and balancing work/life stuff:  A lot of good things are happening for me right now but then my son recently attended the services of a young man he and some of his friends hung out with… an 18-year-old, someone’s son, grandchild, friend… lost his life in a car accident… possibly speeding…not wearing a seat belt…  I’m truly sorry for this loss and my heart goes out to his family, friends and others who love and knew him…

I could say more but…

For the next month or two I’ll be posting less content but visiting and sharing more of your wonderful stories and journeys!  Reblogs are saved as “cookie dough” – you know, ’cause there’s no need to always start from scratch!

For those of you who added your voice in comments, I’ll continue to tuck them away in “the oven” because they’re easier to get to on the days you feel the need to bake!

I miss you all because, let’s face it, you’re such an amazingly supportive group of talented individuals who make the world a better place.

I’m still here – it’s just that life and the world outside of the cookie jar is also calling…

See you soon dear friends,




If you’re new to this blog, thanks for visiting and here’s the backstory on the cookie jar!
Sorry in advance to all because of a delayed response…
Missing you image by © Peng Liu.

April Poetry Month – 50 Words Story – Inner voice

•April 5, 2016 • 8 Comments

Carolina Russo


Inner Voice:  The calming sound of nature was only interrupted by the noise of my steps hitting the ground walking up the hills following an unknown trail. Suddenly the thoughts  in my mind were free…

Source: April Poetry Month – 50 Words Story – Inner voice



To view an amazing digital arts treat by Carolina Russo of YesterdayAfter, the creator of the above, click here.


Keep moving…

•April 5, 2016 • 2 Comments

Cyclist on Bike © Alekseyrezin.jpg


Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”  –Albert Einstein


For more ways to keep moving, click here.

Image of a mountain bike cyclist riding single track outdoor by © Alekseyrezin.

Quoteless #15: Friends…

•April 4, 2016 • 2 Comments

Friends © Molly Williams.jpg




Image of two girls riding a bike in a countryside field by © Molly Williams.
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