Self-Care Sunday – 1

Self-Care Sunday – 1

I can’t pinky-swear that all of these posts will be “Self-Care Sunday” posts, but it does have a nice ring to it and I certainly do hope to post these check-ins regularly throughout the year. It’s an accountability measure – self-care is...
The Essentials – A Hot Bath!

The Essentials – A Hot Bath!

It’s been quite a while since I’ve added to the “essentials” category here on the Diva Dispatch. If you’d like to read the other posts in this group, please just enter the term “essentials” in the search box and the blog...
Looking Forward

Looking Forward

A useful thing I’ve done for the last few years is to take the week between Christmas and the New Year to do some pondering. I have discovered that this sort of deep thinking is best done quietly, by oneself, and in very comfortable clothes (quality pondering...
Joie 25 – Reading

Joie 25 – Reading

I’m a reader. Always have been. I grew up in a family that prized education and books and I had my first library card (a pasteboard affair with a little metal plate embedded in it) before I could actually read. Reading is, and always has been, an activity that...
Joie 24 – The Cozy Edition!

Joie 24 – The Cozy Edition!

It has arrived. That first day where it’s logical to turn on the heat on the commute to work, even though you know that you’ll be using the A/C on the return trip. Yes, that’s fall in the South. That means it’s time to spend some time seriously...
Joie 23 – Fall!

Joie 23 – Fall!

Oh, I know. Fall gets a bad reputation, in large part due to pumpkin spice overtaking absolutely everything. (And yes, I enjoy pumpkin spice in my coffee. But I can cheerfully admit that it’s gotten out of hand.) Here in the South, summer lingers quite a while...
Joie 22 – Hair Color

Joie 22 – Hair Color

Without a doubt, a girl’s first complicated relationship is with her hair and – like all relationships – there is no end of well-meaning advice coming our way. If we have pixie-like hair, we may overhear an adult sneer, “You look like a boy...
Joie 21 – Geocaching

Joie 21 – Geocaching

Geo-what? Although I first heard the term “geocaching” way back in 2006 (thanks to my local film festival!), I hadn’t thought about this high-tech treasure hunt much since then. Then I ran across an article about a month ago that referenced...
Joie 20 – Taking Time to Reflect

Joie 20 – Taking Time to Reflect

Hello! I know I’ve been gone for a while and I feel I owe you an explanation for that. In mid-June, I left for my first post-Covid vacation and this one was going to be a doozy! Ever since I started teaching back in 2003, I’ve taught summer classes. For...
Joie 19 – Getting Tired

Joie 19 – Getting Tired

Tired? Sounds like a crazy thing to have as the subject of a “joy” post, doesn’t it? Bear with me. I don’t mean “wow, isn’t it great to be exhausted?” which would, in fact, be sort of the complete opposite of what I mean. (By...