Are You an Introvert? Yay!

Is your son cautious? Bravo! Has your daughter been told she’s shy? Good for her! Society as a whole does not value introverts, even though introverts are variously estimated at 1/3 to ½ the U.S. population, more or less. Everyone is supposed to get out there and do whatever other … Read more…

My Non-Review of a Book

Recently, I had the opportunity to review a non-fiction, non-religious book. I won’t name the author or the book because only a few pages into it, I found myself disagreeing with a major premise, and greatly disliking his repeated use of a four-letter word. A more polite substitute carries the … Read more…

Why Do We Ask Nosy Questions?

Now and then every single one of us – man or woman – asks a question that we immediately regret asking. Oh, shoot, why did I say that? Even before the complete thought left our mouth, we suddenly realized with horror how stupid or inappropriate it was. A rather common … Read more…

Sometimes God Sends An Angel

When the chips are down, for ourselves or for someone we know who so desperately needs help, we need Divine intervention. This may not come unless we ask for it, and it’s better if we ask sooner rather than later. Not always what we expect Even then, God’s answers may … Read more…

Abuse Is Never Justified or Deserved

Most religious communities teach husbands, wives, and children to love, honor, respect, and nurture each other. In the most enlightened, “obedience” is somewhat downplayed because when it comes right down to it, we only owe obedience to God (and to those civil authorities who can otherwise make life unpleasant for … Read more…

Why Do We Cry, Really?

Surely physical pain can and does cause great suffering and tears because of its intensity. Women especially know agonizing pain because of childbirth or disabling, long-term problems with their reproductive system. Migraines or cancer or severe injuries can drop either gender to the floor. And the list goes on. Yet … Read more…

Still Alive

Yes, I’m still alive! In between life’s endless challenges, I’ve been taking copywriting courses. That’s copy-writing which has nothing at all to do with copy-righting. You can look it up if you’re confused. I also took on putting together a monthly newsletter for our congregation, which has been and is … Read more…

Don’t Discount the Value of Our Seniors!

U. S. society and elsewhere dumps us on the trash heap, beginning as early as age 41. By the time we’re 65, we’re considered pretty worthless unless we’ve been called to high leadership positions in our church or community, or rarely, in our employment field. Thank goodness God doesn’t see … Read more…

To Remember Me

I received this from a very dear friend out-of-state who is gradually losing her fight against pancreatic cancer and so cannot donate her organs to help others live or have a better quality of life. It will be sad and difficult to have yet another friend and mentor pass on … Read more…

Five Ways Out of Thousands That I’m Fortunate

I consider myself fortunate in thousands of ways. When we truly think about what we have, as well as what we don’t have to deal with, a staggering number of blessings surrounds each of us. This is true even in hard times. Without getting into overlapping circles of gratitude, five … Read more…