Checking In Before Checking Out

Checking In Before Checking Out

Yes, I’m still here and slowly re-engaging with post-pandemic life. I’ve made it through a few more bumps—my power wheelchair, accessible van, and central air conditioning all stopped working within days of each other. Thankfully, all have been repaired AND I’ve fully recovered from another urinary procedure with NO sepsis this time—so grateful and relieved!

Life is good—measured, but good!

So what’s next?

It’s time to follow my own advice from my first book and rethink what’s possible during the rest of this meanwhile period. Yep, it’s time to write another book. I wasn’t sure I had one in me, but I’m going to give it a shot.

The topic: Staying On the Upside or On We Go (Your thoughts?)

The format: A daybook of 365 lively stories and quotes that inspire, encourage, comfort, or make you think.

The timeframe: Two and a half months of intense writing before I come up for air on September 2 to give you an update.

And the most important question, once again, is:

Who is in my boat?

Who is in my boat?

Although I have professionals guiding me, I hope you will join me, too. Many of you have been with me on my writing life journey for over 20 years. I am deeply grateful, but also tremendously respectful of your opinions and thoughts.

How can you help?

First of all, writing can be a lonely endeavor so I welcome all forms of encouragement and support!

Secondly, if you have a favorite story I’ve written, please let me know. I may include it. You’ll find my Thoughtful Thursday archives HERE or you can use the search bar at the top of my website to “google” a word or key phrase. All my writings from the Baltimore Sun, Huntington WV’s Herald Dispatch, and our local Towson Times are on the site, too, as well as all my autism escapades with Madison.

I’ll be writing new stories, but would love to include your favorites.



What you think matters a great deal to me.

What you think matters a great deal to me.

So stay safe, healthy, and please keep in touch. Have a great summer!

And on we go!

My best – always,

Becky  (Nana B)

– and my faithful writing buddy, Tripp

My faithful writing buddy, Tripp


  1. Joyce Winkler says

    I loved something you shared at your mom’s funeral. With everything your mom had dealt with in her life, she had a calendar that included such things as the first sightings of hummingbirds. She always looked for ways find joy.

    • Thank you, Joyce! Yes, great idea!! Thank you so much. She also tracked the first snowflake and always would call Brittany that day to let her know. I must include that detail, too. As a grandmother, I now know the importance of trying to find ways to connect to your grandchildren. She knew how to connect in real and special ways. ? thx so much for sparking these wonderful memories! Hope you are doing well.

  2. Raymond Grochowski says

    Just discovered you and your story. Amazing. Inspirational. I am going on 85 yo and looking at the “end”. Wishing that I had done many things in life differently and for the better. Your story only humbles me. I did not appreciate what God has given me…and I took the wrong road so many times. Now, I stand at his door, ready to knock. I hope and pray that He will answer and allow me in. Too many people, as I, wait much too long to look at the goodness in our life. “Too late” our eyes open. You appear to know the right thing to do, while us poor slobs keep messing up. God bless you.