17 Years

17 years.  It's been an eternity and the blink of an eye all at once.  It is, now that I think of it, half my current age.  I suppose there are many people who would say that it isn't a very long time at all, not in the scheme of a lifetime, anyway. It was … Continue reading 17 Years

Auld Lang Syne

2007 has not been easy, but it has been more than memorable.  Being a widowed mother of two youngsters is no easy task, I assure you.  July of 2008 will see the 5th anniversary of his death; I have changed so entirely since then.  For the best, I think (I hope).  Still, the path that leads to … Continue reading Auld Lang Syne

Sol Sistere

…sol (sun), sistere (stand still).  Winter solstice.  Midwinter.  Me├ín Geimhridh. It is the longest night of the year.  It’s easy to view Winter as a blustery revenant that forces mother nature into a seasonal coma, but it is actually considered the rebirth of nature in most cultures.  It is quite a poetic notion.  And even … Continue reading Sol Sistere

Sacrifice

My life as a whole has, for the most part, been happy.  I was a content, dreamy child.  I have always felt compassion and affection toward people in general.  This is a characteristic of my spirit that I am grateful for; it has led me down a path of humanitarianism and giving, in my career … Continue reading Sacrifice

Provoking Destiny

At long last, the seemingly endless parade of another semester has come to an anesthetic end.  I'm finding it difficult to feel the sweet sense of release that I've anticipated; perhaps that eluding pathos will find me at the end of next semester.  It will, after all, be the last.  I have nearly a month … Continue reading Provoking Destiny

Happily Ever After

I'm not sure what it is about the closing of the year that brings out the melancholy and retrospection of days long past.  Perhaps it's the holidays.  Perhaps it's the weather.  Regardless of the cause, it happens.  Last night I dreamt I was still a child.  This subconscious vision was completely surreal; I saw my … Continue reading Happily Ever After

December’s Advice

November has retreated into a gelid oblivion, and I can't say that I'm going to miss her.  In fact, I'm glad she's gone.  My time has been mostly consumed by research projects, presentations, mandatory busy work, and more research projects.  And the kids, of course.  And their friends (which I'll mention later).  I'm an optimistic … Continue reading December’s Advice