Back on Pine Street, spring is here, and Allison tries to connect the past with the present.
Change is tough, even when it's good. When change comes from outside our control and forces us out of our routines, we can easily feel overwhelmed. Overwhelmed people are sometimes tempted to deny or minimize the source of their worries. We all do this, at times. So today I talked to a friend who is … Continue reading Reframing
Every spring should be like this: warm afternoons, cool nights, not much w*nd. (We can't say it out loud here, it's a superstition. If we say the word, it kicks up to about thirty-five miles an hour.) A couple of days ago, we had a bonfire; yesterday, my throat hurt a bit. Smoke, I thought, … Continue reading Sometimes, it's what you don't give
If you are in an area where you can step outside, even for a few moments, do so. Here in our valley, it is a gorgeous spring day. I am planning two walks a day, maintaining all the social distance rules, and being sure to wave and smile like crazy at everyone I see. Everyone … Continue reading Step outside, if you can
One way to deal with stress and anxiety is to focus on how we can help others. My employer has asked all of us who are able to work from home. I read a note this morning that reminded me of an important, difficult truth: "home is not safe for everyone." So, today I plan … Continue reading Focus on others
During these challenging times, first and foremost, devote your attention to your health and the health of those you love. When and if you have a moment, look here. I'll be sharing ideas of how we can care for one another as our world weathers this pandemic. Today's idea: start each day with three minutes … Continue reading Extraordinary times
Ursula's childhood adventures conclude; Marilyn, our Pine Street guardian angel and Ursula's granddaughter, connects them to the present.
We learn more about the barrel in the cellar; and Ursula's world changes, again, the way meeting your true love can do.
The widow wonders if the barrel in her cellar is part of a larger drama, one she'd rather not have a role in.
Unrest. Strikes. Dynamite. Ursula can't stop listening, and we are right with her, wondering what will happen next.