• Breathe, just Breathe and share your true colors. On Tuesdays, I have my Zoom yoga class—pandemic style. This past week, I was having a particularly good session of deep breathing, long stretching, and strong poses. For those of you who do yoga, you know some sessions feel better than others. Some days your body seems to be in […] Becky Blue 8 responses May 15, 2020
  • You Need to Know Ann –and wish her a happy birthday. My cell phone rang a few weeks ago during this pandemic, and I was surprised to hear my friend Ann Loken’s voice. It was so bright and lively. “Hello, Becky, this is Ann Loken. I’m just calling to check on you and your family.” What a gift—and yet not […] Becky Blue 16 responses April 24, 2020
  • Let’s Bend not Break Mother Nature is a great teacher, and she had me in her lesson plan on Sunday afternoon.  Honestly, I’m not one who loves physical labor, but my husband’s toiling in the woods—clearing out dead trees and wild bushes—obliged me to put on my barn coat and boots and join his efforts. We are blessed to […] Becky Blue 10 responses April 7, 2020
  • Journaling while Social Distancing: Do it for you and for your family I have a green spiral notebook that my teacher, Mrs. Gulbranson, made me journal in during Christmas vacation of 1976. I say “made me” because she was my Creative Writing teacher at Hurley High School and it was an assignment. As I have opened it up over the years I realized that her assignment to […] Becky Blue 14 responses March 17, 2020
  • 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 5 responses August 30, 2018