• My Daughter’s Superpower I should have identified her superpower that winter morning when she was three years old. Dragging her soft white blanky, she walked into our kitchen and matter of factly stated that she “threw up” during the night. I looked at her in her little bowl hair cut and purple pajamas and said, “Julia, you didn’t […] Becky Blue 18 responses August 3, 2019
  • Sewing or sowing? Today is a remembering day. You know about those. It may be a snowy Thursday or a muggy Friday. It may be the last day of February or the first day of July, but something, some person, place, or thing or smell or recipe or song makes you remember. If it’s a remembering day that […] Becky Blue 8 responses March 1, 2019
  • Take it Easy My favorite part of flying in and out of the Nashville Airport is the live music. It seems that no matter when your flight lands you walk out of the secured area (following the carpet that has its own Instagram account) towards a small stage and into this welcoming world of music. The music is […] Becky Blue 2 responses February 23, 2019
  • Be a Juel Today Sometimes I write a blog post and don’t post it. It just stays tucked away safely in my WordPress draft folder. It may feel unfinished, lacking in some element, or more often I’m just not ready to share it. Today, I discovered this post which had been hibernating in draft land for nearly ten months. […] Becky Blue 2 responses January 5, 2019
  • Do you hear what I hear? Ah, December. That month of lively holiday parties, cozy and/or crazy family gatherings and crowds of shoppers in line at the checkout. The background music usually involves familiar Christmas carols—however, I noticed a decidedly secular playlist in use this year—that’s a topic for another blog post—but really, when did “My Favorite Things” from The Sound […] Becky Blue 11 responses December 31, 2018
  • Writing Lessons The bright white square book rests stately on the wrought iron stand weighting down the corner of my kitchen counter. Its friendly blue font and crisp Norwegian stitchery frames a smooth kitchen tile covered with a carefully handwritten recipe. A simple book teaching me so many lessons. Feeding my soul. We call the book Made with […] Becky Blue 3 responses August 30, 2018
  • Be the ball. When was the last time you played tetherball or even thought about tetherball? NFL quarterback Eli Manning brought me down memory lane recently during a teaser for his entertaining Super Bowl commercial where he proclaims, “I’m good at tetherball.” I’m not sure I ever saw anyone who was good at tetherball but I have no […] Becky Blue 5 responses February 12, 2018
  • Want comfort food? Two pounds of ground beef from my brother Paul’s farm drops into the hot stainless steel soup pot and quickly sizzles. It is soon followed by canned tomatoes, all sorts of chopped vegetables—cabbage, carrots, celery, potatoes, and a critical mix of salt, thyme and basil. Two bay leaves are carefully chosen to swim on top. […] Becky Blue 10 responses November 18, 2017
  • Confessions of a Faithful Collector My sister, Patty, collected napkins. I don’t remember collecting anything. She collected napkins imprinted with the bride and groom’s names placed on the cake table at weddings. She collected napkins from her friends’ birthday parties and even from a new truck stop where our family of six went for cheeseburgers and chocolate malts. As I […] Becky Blue One response November 2, 2017
  • The Writing on the Wall I suppose I could wish that I were younger, but then I wouldn’t be able to say I grew up in the 1960s and 70s. I drank Tang for breakfast (just like Neil Armstrong), had a crush on most of the Monkees (especially Davy Jones), rocked a pair of purple crushed velvet hot pants to […] Becky Blue 2 responses August 28, 2017