• 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 10 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
  • The Divine Selfie My 18 year old son was commenting on my lack of spontaneity in taking photos. We were gathered in the basement of my in-laws’ church attending an 85th birthday party for my father-in-law following the Sunday service. My son commented after watching me trying to pose some of the guests enjoying their cake and coffee. […] Becky Blue 10 responses August 16, 2017
  • Road Trip As if an excuse should be needed to spend seven days and seven nights with one’s son and daughter. A car bound for a garage in California certainly needs a driver or two or three. The calendar opened like the highway before us and we jumped in never looking back. Tucked in our trunk was […] Becky Blue 4 responses August 3, 2017
  • “God always provides the next person you need.” I am sensing a theme in my writing. The last time I posted I was interviewing my mentor and nursing hero, Dr. Joyce Nelson. Today (finally back in the writing saddle) I am sharing an interview I did with another Joyce, this time my forever friend and nursing colleague, Joyce Kaatz. Would just interviewing Joyces […] Becky Blue No responses August 8, 2016