The Glorious Muddle
glimpses of grace in the messiness of life

November 2, 2021

Learning to Live with Messy

I like to know where things are. People often comment that my house is clean. It’s not. I rarely clean. But I put things where they belong. When I’m overwhelmed, overworked, frustrated, or anxious, it helps me to have an organized space. Clutter makes it hard to focus and it makes me feel more stressed. I cannot be creative in the midst of clutter.

Right now, my life is cluttered. I feel stressed. And I cannot do anything to straighten it out.

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October 3, 2021

Lessons Learned (So Far) From Dementia

Photo by Dingzeyu Li on Unsplash

Like it or not, I enrolled in a crash course in caregiving for people with dementia when my father quickly developed vascular dementia less than a year ago, followed by my mother’s mild cognitive impairment. I’ve learned a few things so far, mostly through making lots of mistakes, and I’m certain I will learn much more before I’m done.


September 14, 2021

Doing What You Do for Joy

Photo credit Maria Shanina on Unsplash

I’ve been struggling for several months now with my late-in-life career change. Writing has stopped bringing me joy. Mostly that’s because I stopped writing when my parents’ dementias demanded a whole new level of caregiving. It’s hard to find joy in something you’re not doing.

But this has led me to some introspection. Do I even enjoy writing? The answer took a while to find, buried beneath layers of gunk and expectations. To quote a popular idea, does writing “spark joy” for me? Does what you do spark joy for you? 


July 29, 2021

What if the Means ARE the End?

Image by Macb3t from Pixabay

I’ve been thrust into rough waters lately. I am a caregiver for two parents, both with cognitive issues. This storm has been raging for many years but it’s recently reached tsunami level. What if this IS my purpose? Can I live with that?


July 5, 2021

Fabulous Fiction

Photo thanks to Sarah Richter from Pixabay

I’m so honored that an excerpt from One Degree of Freedom, my YA historical novel, was featured in July’s Fabulous Fiction edition of The Redbud Post. Click here to read it at The Post.

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