Evaluating the Gravity of Brief Statements

The harsh door knocker startled me from reading. The neighbor who was mowing the lawn stood at the door and announced “Water is running”. Oh, my! I scrambled outside. I had turned several watering hoses on earlier in the day and failed to turn one off. Three words had catapulted…

Making Room for Mom and Half-sibs

Making room for blending families often resembles managing the pandemic. The difficulty and destruction certainly demand astute attention, matching many descriptions: reconcile, settle, resolve, to bring into harmony, to become friendly again, peace, smooth, meet to understand. Blending demands mixing appreciation for various personalities, understanding and forgiveness. The end result…

THE GERMINATION OF PURPOSE

Have you ever wondered when your purpose (s) took root?  Purpose as per dictionary: goal, aim, a determination, resolution, desired result. Did you set goals? Were you aware of the importance of purpose? I wasn’t. Purpose deserves another look. Although I have always been an extrovert with an in-born…

DISASTERS EVOLVING INTO GROWTH AND EXPANDED PURPOSES

Everyone is quite aware that the world-wide Covid-19 Virus pandemic has twisted and disrupted myriad singles’ and family’s lifestyle and livelihood on top of the normal medical, financial and personal losses. There’s a bright side. Recovery often offers hidden benefits. A friend who was forced to find another…

Memory Markers Contribute to Healing

Grieving is a word that unfortunately carries with it a fearful concept of “How can I avoid that?” Admittedly, the promise of having to face a period of mourning and/or grieving do sound somewhat morbid to me.  But as I research the experts on death and dying and those…

Grieving is Remembering and Going Forward to Healing

Grief—remembering--is a trip that many right now are in the process of taking due to Covid-19 Pandemic: loss of loved ones, business closures, lost jobs, loved ones in hospitals, denied visitations, stay at home restrictions, school closings, worship closings, graduations canceled, social distancing, unavailability of supplies etc. Many are…

Embracing Life’s New Normal

My Tribute to Jim and Granddaughter, Laura’s, Tribute. “Jim’s genuine, warm smile impressed me many years ago when as a group of new students—all strangers and a bit nervous from different states--were meeting for the first time. His inclusive spirit was evident even then as he welcomed…

Farewell Family Reunion Honoring Jim Ward

--March 26, 2020 Ten days of Farewell Reunion with family climaxed as Jim completed the journey through the gates that he said he saw into the arms of Jesus at 6:56 am March 25 to Forever Living. All this all happened in five short weeks. The grandchildren and great…