Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

“There are three things we cry for in life: things that are lost, things that are found, and things that are magnificent.” – Douglas Coupland, Canadian novelist Today’s article is about a small miracle that occurred last night. Over the weekend, I fought hard to shake off a negative internal dialogue. A friend had comeContinue reading “Good Things Come to Those Who Wait”

Hey Mom. What’s for Dinner?

“Food may be essential as fuel for the body, but good food is fuel for the soul.” -Malcolm Forbes Today, I’ll be talking about food. I’ve been experimenting with the way I format my posts and I found I really liked today’s quote in particular. Malcolm Forbes, the entrepreneur and publisher of Forbes Magazine, reallyContinue reading “Hey Mom. What’s for Dinner?”

Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes

“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” – Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World I attended a talk once in college where the speaker talked about the importance of self care. “Just because your single,” he said to a roomContinue reading “Seeing the World Through a Child’s Eyes”

The Butterfly Effect of Kindness

“Remember there is no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.” -Scott Adams, author and creator of Dilbert I’ve always said that cliches are cliche for a reason. There’s a lot of truth in the idea that “all that glitters isn’t gold”: when something orContinue reading “The Butterfly Effect of Kindness”

Alexa, Replay “My Life Playlist”

“Music is the way our memories sing to us across time” -Lance Morrow Welcome back to another week! I hope you all enjoyed the Labor Day weekend with friends or family. Regardless of COVID-19, I hope that everyone was still able to observe their holiday traditions and still find time to reflect on the AmericanContinue reading “Alexa, Replay “My Life Playlist””

Words that Flow like Baby Waters

“The secret of the creative life is to feel at ease with your own embarrassment.” -Paul Schrader Because it’s Friday, the weather is beautiful, and I have a long-standing meeting with a close friend, today’s post will be shorter than usual. And also, because I cannot for the life of me think of a newContinue reading “Words that Flow like Baby Waters”

Finding the Humor in Humiliation

“If you can’t laugh at yourself, you may be missing the colossal joke of the century.” – Barry Humphries I wrote yesterday that the Messink’s are storytellers. As far back as I can remember, we’ve kept each other (and ourselves) entertained by being able to turn our experiences into a story worth telling. I’ve learnedContinue reading “Finding the Humor in Humiliation”

Every Story has its Origin

Every story, from “Romeo and Juliet” to A Christmas Carol to X-Men’s Wolverine, shares a set of basic, fundamental parts. Regardless of writer or genre, stories will always have a beginning, middle and end. From the start, they’ll follow the line of rising action until reaching their climax and, be it satisfying or not, reachContinue reading “Every Story has its Origin”

Why Wedding Bells Still Ring

Last week, a close cousin took to social media to share some extremely exciting news. In a series of posts and text messages, we learned that she had, in the presence of her immediate family and best friend, become engaged. My cousin, a kind and intelligent nurse, was all smiles in the pictures, where sheContinue reading “Why Wedding Bells Still Ring”