Friends Bring Hope

Friends bring Hope - Part of the friendship series on The Domestic Fringe

I’ve been doing a little mini-series on Friendship.  Sometimes we forget how important our friends are to us.  I love that this series made me stop and reflect and be thankful for the friends God has put in my life. If you’re new to this mini-series, you can catch up on the previous posts at [...]

Give with Abandon

Give with abandon from a heart filled with thanks Find out how you can change your world.

I’m one of those people who plow through life stuck in my own little world.  Without a doubt, there will be one who says it’s not true, it can’t be.  Sadly it is.  Each day I walk by people I never see. Too often I’m consumed with the thirty things going on in my head.  [...]

Love is An Action Word

Love is An Action Word @ The Domestic Fringe

Tonight my daughter told me that her friend is going to be evicted from her home.  This girl’s parents don’t have the money for their apartment anymore.  If they can’t find someplace to go, they are going to send this little girl to live with her grandfather in Tennessee. Then my daughter asked if she [...]

Saturday Night Stars #11 – The Wild Side

here’s what you missed this week Sunday I remembered back to the time when my kids were just babies and I wasn’t quite myself. Truth be told, I may not have been fun or likable, but I was something good. I was a new mom. Maybe you can relate. Tuesday was all about A Mother’s [...]

Saturday Night Stars – It’s Your Time To Shine

Saturday Night Stars Button

Saturday’s come quickly.   Maybe it’s the nice weather, or maybe it’s the business of life, but the weeks seem short. I’d like for you to be honest with me. Should I continue to host Saturday Night Stars? I thought it was a good idea, but we generally only have about eleven or twelve entries.  Is [...]

Life is too Short to Drink Bad Coffee

Main Street Caffe - American Coffee Shop

  I’m joining Lisa Leonard in Saying Hello to Monday and Hello to our downtown Cafe. I’m a fan of coffee shops. I almost like the idea of sitting around a coffee shop with friends more than I like the idea of drinking coffee.  Does that make any sense?     Little hole in the [...]

Around Town: My Favorite Coffee Shop

Ole Sal's Coffee Shop

On this Monday, I’m joining Lisa Leonard in saying Hello to the world and my favorite coffee shop. Meet Chris, owner of Ole Sal’s. He makes the best brownies and broccoli cheese soup in town.  I don’t frivolously give compliments like that. Rumor has it, he waded into to river for that green buoy.  It’s [...]

Where I Live

neighborhood of burned out houses

We live in one of the most depressed areas in New York State. Our closest nearby city was once named the saddest city in America.  This region isn’t only economically depressed, but it’s downtrodden in spirit. Many people gave up on life long ago. My neighborhood is buckling sidewalks and burned out buildings. My neighborhood [...]

Changes on The Domestic Fringe


You may have noticed that this blog went through an identity crisis this week.  It’s because I am gearing up for something big (read on and you’ll find out what) and I’m trying to find my way in this wonky world of blogging. I think I changed my header four times before settling on this [...]

I’m Flower Patch Farmgirl’s Guest

park bench Domestic Fringe

Please don’t faint on me, but I am a guest over at Shannan’s place, Flower Patch Farmgirl. I’m writing something completely different, sharing a part of my story I don’t normally talk about on my blog. I have a hard time seeing the boundaries and knowing what is good to write and what is better [...]

The Poverty Problem

Poverty: What can we do about it?

I do not know how to fix all the problems we have in this world.  I don’t, and I doubt that surprises you, because I have this sneaking suspicion that you don’t know how to do it either. However, we generally want to do something to help.  We can’t right all the wrongs, but maybe, [...]

A Knock On The Door

messy living room

There was a knock on the door. I probably shouldn’t be telling you this, but they say confession is good for the soul.  Now I don’t generally freak out over knocks.  I like people reasonably well, so company is a good thing.  In fact, we are usually happiest when our house is full of people. [...]

Spreading Christmas Cheer & Easy Cake Recipe

Mops Christmas Talk

HELLO CHRISTMAS PARTY I’m linking up with Lisa Leonard and saying hello to spreading some Christmas cheer and baking easy cakes, because who doesn’t like an easy day in the kitchen? If you don’t know your neighbors, or wish you knew that man with the snow blower two houses down, throw a Christmas party and [...]