Boy, life get complicated sometimes, doesn't it?
We don't plan for things to go wrong, and we certainly don't plan for a mountain of challenges to fall into our laps at one time. In fact, generally we can handle what comes along, deal with it, and move on.

By Trish Morgan
For the News Tribune
 Boy, life get complicated sometimes, doesn't it?
We don't plan for things to go wrong, and we certainly don't plan for a mountain of challenges to fall into our laps at one time. In fact, generally we can handle what comes along, deal with it, and move on.
In my life, I work hard to try to maintain a positive attitude, and I take on the "monsters" one by one, show them who is boss, and then POOF - gone and forgotten.
But, I have to admit that my life has been a little difficult since July. Now I'm not saying that I've had more problems than the regular "Joe,” because certainly there are folks who have had to face much more serious circumstances. But still, things have been hard.
It has been a struggle to write and a struggle to stay above water. It has been a struggle to remain healthy and continue to do the things I enjoy doing. Normally, I would rise above the occasion, put on my "big girl panties,” acknowledge the pain and just get over it.
But, this summer and early fall, that just hasn't been easy. It has been a summer of illness, heartbreak, disappointment, sadness and upheaval in my "normal" day-to-day routine. And on top of all of that, I had to wear a mask of "Mary Sunshine" so I could accomplish my responsibilities and obligations.
But, you know what? So does everyone else. We all have to do that...every single day. We all have problems, we all get sick, we all get down in the dumps, we all feel sad every now and then. It just took me a minute to come around to that conclusion.
Being a writer...it is painful, it is full of vulnerability and critique and rejection. It takes the breath away, and sometimes, the words roll around in the brain so fast you can't write fast enough! And, you suffer...you suffer through withered dreams and a lifetime of missed opportunities...then bleed the words on to paper, even dripping tears and smearing the words.
You have to re-live some of the most private and personal things that are tucked away deep down inside, and somehow bring them to life so that you can put it all out there for the world to read. And then wait. Wait for the understanding, wait for the critics, wait for the rejection that may come...all while trying to live your life and maintain some semblance of normalcy.
Normal? Who's normal anyway? LOL! Besides, what is normal? Do we have to compare ourselves to others to see if we measure up? Absolutely not!!! Yet, sometimes we lose sight of that and we get caught up in all of the troubles that end up on our plates. That was me. 'Til now.
Yes, it was not my best summer. Yes, some things almost broke me. Yes, I had to keep writing, and I had to keep being Nana...a light in my own darkness for my grandchildren to see. Yes, my own sadness and heartbreak and disappointments tried to swallow me up. But, somehow, I was able to rise. I was able to write, I was able to dust off the ashes and take charge of my life again.
It wasn't as easy as these words, believe me. It took a lot out of me. But, it was faith and hope - that's what it was, and is. With everything else I had to go through, I never lost sight of God's promise that he is always with me. Always, no matter how unworthy.
So here I am...moving forward - writing a children's book and an adult book about Old Fella - an 18 year-old silver cat who was rescued from a vagabond life in the asphalt jungle of south Cumberland. This cat came into my life - just like that. God brought us together at the perfect time.
I'm also working with a committee of dedicated friends who are putting together the biggest fundraiser of the year for Missy Smith and her Whiskers cat rescue. We're having a pancake/buckwheat breakfast at the Keyser Moose on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m.-12 noon. The cakes and the sausage gravy are made from scratch by Women of the Moose, assisted by the renowned Ann Watson of the Ruritan. I tell you first hand - ALL OF THESE LADIES CAN COOK LIKE NO OTHER!!
There will also be a Chinese Auction, acoustic entertainment by Scott Paxton, tip board raffles, a baked goodies table featuring a beautifully-created cake by Candlewyck Inn, as well as made-from-scratch cakes, cookies, fudge - you know, all that "healthy" stuff! So many chances to win lottery wreaths, crafts, money and more!  And - Old Fella will be the guest of honor, so come on down to meet this miracle of a cat!!!
So, I've been busy - with my problems turned over to God - and "Mary Sunshine" is back - in spite of everything - ready for a brand new day, with smiles, love and gratitude to pass out like Halloween candy!
Thank you to those who take time to read my column. Have a blessed week, my friends.