So Much Gratitude

The attitude at this time of year is so much that of gratitude (even enormous gratitude and even from those who are grieving) because of our many large and small blessings. And yet…it is an excruciatingly painful season for those who actually lost a family member or dear friend, especially … Read more…

Mama Said…

When Mama opined there’d be days like this, sometimes she nailed it! Other times she really had no idea what we’d be dealing with today. Our world is so far removed from the one she (and every mother of my generation) grew up in. Even so, dealing with a spouse … Read more…

No White Supremacists Needed Here

Anyone who truly believes or even hopes the highest levels of Heaven are reserved for white supremacists needs to start modifying that opinion ASAP. It simply isn’t true. God loves His children equally even when they behave like the foul-mouthed bullies that so many of them are. But He will … Read more…

When They Go Low…

One of the latest Internet memes from the current political can of worms was from First Lady Michelle Obama: When they go low, we go high. Mrs. Obama’s entire speech at the 2016 Democratic Convention can well be described as fierceness with grace, as one informal reviewer suggested. [Dr. Nick … Read more…

Give Yourself a Standing Ovation

I recently came off a 3-1/2 day writer’s conference that was livestreamed from Florida. Mercifully, their particular location was spared the worst of Hurricane Matthew, so they were able to keep to their planned schedule rather than having to juggle a huge agenda. I couldn’t catch too many of the … Read more…

Widow’s Weeds

For whatever reason, what keeps coming to mind lately is “widow’s weeds,” stemming from the custom of a widow wearing all black clothing for a year or longer following the death of her husband. Since Queen Victoria of England wore all black for 40 years following the death of her … Read more…

Saving the World and People from Hell

If we don’t look too closely, we live on an incredibly beautiful planet at an utterly amazing time in its history. We are particularly spoiled by the plethora of gadgets and devices, such as the world has never seen – at least to our knowledge. We may yet be surprised … Read more…

What Causes Mental Illness

No one ever chooses mental illness of any kind and healing usually doesn’t happen, except perhaps over decades. The darkness the afflicted go in and out of on a regular basis is torture for the victims and extremely stressful for those family members who must care for them. It is … Read more…

Maybe Not So Smart to Annoy a Writer

Ever been in a private conversation with another adult, or even a very personal discipline conversation with your child? Suddenly an egotistical clown stomps through the room, or the lobby, or wherever you are, and he/she just has to interrupt? “Oh, ho!” “Hey, hey, hey!” “What’s going on here?” “Why … Read more…

To Move or Not to Move

As life changes, we sooner or later have to mull over the pros and cons of changing our residence. Maybe the move “just” involves downsizing, a huge project in itself. Or it may require relocating to a completely new zip code. Near or far, that kind of move has a … Read more…