Monday, January 16, 2017

“There are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin.”

~ Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

After an unsettled weekend, equilibrium has been restored. We begin again.

My desk is a mess with papers and books and binders so tidying up will be the first task I tackle this morning. I once resolved to leave my woman cave neat at the end of every day–desk cleared and photography paraphernalia put away–so I could start fresh every morning. It was a lofty goal that didn’t last.

I’m compiling a genealogy for my granddaughter at her request, thankful for the effort of family members on both the maternal and paternal sides of my birth family that has given me a head start. It’s fascinating work with many opportunities to get off track. The other day, thanks to the magic of Google Earth, I walked around a little village in England where my ancestors lived in the 1500s. Amazing.

This work interrupted a couple of writing projects last week so I’ll have to decide which projects get my attention this week. It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to set my own priorities.

Last night I watched the first episode of Long Lost Family: What Happened Next? on TLC. This show is a spinoff from last season’s Long Lost Family (the second season begins February 12).

In case you missed it, Long Lost Family features stories about people who have been separated from, and are hoping to connect with, family members. It is hosted by two reunited adoptees. I am impressed with the sensitive way they handle each situation (and I bawled my eyes out through more than one episode last year).

I know through personal experience, and that of many people I’ve talked with, that the fairy tale doesn’t begin or end with reunion so I was interested to see the What Happened Next? spinoff. If last night’s episode is any indicator, this platform will present a balanced perspective that anyone involved in reunion will benefit from as a means to see things from the perspective of the other party.


I’m a writer, reader, and creative. I thought by now I’d have things figured out, but I keep coming up with more questions. I think that’s okay. I’m here most mornings pondering ordinary things and the thin places where faith intersects.
  1. Glad to read that you are feeling balanced again, and I too am in clean-desk-at-the-end-of-the-day mode :). How wonderful that you can do a virtual walk like that ….

    1. Yes, technology in this world we live I. Is just amazing. I often think about how my parents and grandparents would be astounded if they could see what we have at our fingertips these days.

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