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…

Every Form of Refuge Has Its Price

Our nation is a form of refuge for about 326 million people and it, too, has its price. Our land of many freedoms is currently struggling to regain its footing and to find its missing moral compass. We have to be successful in this because our own citizens continue to … Read more…

Can We Remain Silent Amid the Chaos?

Do we cower in fear like most of Congress is doing while our nation is being torn apart? Do some of us support The Party like robots instead of searching the individual’s behavior? Actions do speak much louder than words, though there is nothing mightier than the pen to instigate … Read more…

Just Hangin’ in There

When someone asks how we’re doing, we frequently answer, “Oh, hangin’ in there.” We can’t go deeper without burdening the sometimes casual questioner. Even when the question is sincere, it usually takes too much of our limited energy to explain what’s going on, especially for an introvert. More so, if … Read more…

Compassion, Yes! Looting, No!

It warms your heart to see compassionate responses to disaster, whether it’s an individual’s personal tragedy or a crisis that’s citywide/statewide/nationwide or worldwide. In the beginning, help pours in: People volunteer their time and skills (Angel Flight is one for those who are pilots – scroll to choose your state). … Read more…

Would You Be Ready?

The floods, wildfires, tornadoes and other disasters in our world are increasing in frequency and severity. We watch coverage of them on TV news and the Internet, while fervently praying, “Oh, please, God, help them! Make it stop!” and “Please God, not here! Please don’t let that happen here!” But … Read more…