today’s joy

Today's Joy

the night sky
wearing my courage
red velvet

the dawn sky
soothing my fears
soft satin

today’s joy
trusting in promise
bold color

©1.30.2021 SL Prielipp-Falzone
“today’s joy”
PC: Julia Tiede-Iveson

My childhood friend, Julia is a Registered Nurse and photographer. She texts me sunrises on her way to the hospital. I love her with all my heart – always the caregiver!

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best friends forever

My best friend since 2nd grade lost her mother last week. We both lost our fathers years ago, mine in 1990 and hers in 1993. Irrespective of our individual relationships with our mothers, the loss brings about a range of emotions. How long will I have with my own mother?

She and her younger sister have been texting me photos all week long as they comb through old photo albums. As it is certainly emotional for them, it is also emotional for me to re-live and fondly remember our childhood together.

Reluctantly, we move to the next phase of our lives without our fathers and her now without her mother. I can only wonder how long before I join her without my mother.

We hold on to the good times, the good memories, and to each other, as best friends forever.

best friends forever


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A Postcard


When I was a little girl growing up on a hog farm in southeast Michigan, I often sat up in a huge apple tree in our front yard. There I would dream about life far away from the farm. On sunny summer days, I would daydream about children on the other side of the world in the warmth of the sun. As I pondered underneath the noonday sun, I imagined them gazing at the same moon and the stars I saw last night and how they would be daydreaming underneath same sun tomorrow.

Were those children just like me?

What did they dream about when they saw the same sun, moon and stars as me?

Do they also dream about me the way I dream about them?

I believe we are all the same around the world when we daydream and stargaze. And I also believe we are even more the same than what social media and the political media would have us to believe.


all the same
underneath the sun
worlds apart

(c) SL Prielipp-Falzone

Photo taken on the first day of summer in southeast Michigan by my childhood and life-long friend, Julia Tiede Iveson.


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Sunshine – Filling the spaces


The company I currently am employed announced they would be shutting down operations in Michigan, leaving almost 600 people searching for new employment. I have been happy at other stops in my career, but for a large operation the people here have been some of the best people I have ever worked with…. helpful, encouraging, professional, and fun. Many complain about cubicle life and I was certainly concerned about the drudgery of it when I first arrived at the company.  But the people made all the difference in the world.

My advice is always to be intentional in finding joy each day and keep those closest to you who make you feel the sunshine.

I wish all my co-workers well in the coming days and weeks of winding down the company. May I be as fortunate to feel the sunshine wherever God places me next in service.


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