Until You Feel Alive

  You go on and live until you feel alive again.     Call the MidWife, a television series about midwives helping women in east London, an area of poverty near the Thames River. We’ve been watching the series for several years.  Nonnatis House is where several Church of England nuns and other midwives live together and assist the women in the district when they give birth and advise in care for their little ones. There is...

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Two Weeks Later

    Are you ever wordless?   Have you ever been so excited, you couldn’t say a word? I have. What about the women–who were the  first to go to the tomb of Jesus–and discovered the stone was rolled away and the tomb empty?     Sometimes we forget what we’re celebrating.   Don’t we often take Easter for granted? We get so caught up in the now of  Easter Sunday, we forget what it is...

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Sometimes We Need to Sit Still

Stunning news.   It was six years ago I received stunning news. Just five weeks before our wedding, my fiancé called–not-face-to-face–mind you, and told me the wedding was off.   I needed to be alone and think.   I was shocked to my core. I took off that Easter weekend, not wishing to hang around and pretend things were fine, for they were not. Instead, I drove to the Oregon Gardens to be alone and think.   I sat...

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Sibling Love–There’s Nothing Like It

  What is family? What is a family? I once saw a sign up sheet for a potluck with the term “family of one”. How can you be a family of one? I guess it’s possible, for bringing food to a potluck, but really? I can’t imagine what it would be like without my family. My husband. My children. My grandchildren. I’m also talking about the family I was born into; my parents who are now gone, and siblings. We siblings are getting older and one day,...

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Music, A Soul Soother

  Old hymns with a new twist on the melody and rhythm.   We’ve been on a road trip. I found I love road trips–probably a throw-back from my childhood. A road trip for me is a time to think, look out at the scenery, and listen to music. “Let’s listen to this one,” I said, pulling a Jars of Clay album out. It was an album I’d listened to over and over after my second husband, Blair, died. I listened...

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Remarriage–Is It Beneficial?

        It’s still in the birthing stage…   I’m working on a new book with the help of my husband, Jim. We’re combining our stories of previous marriages–the highs and lows—and our story. Today I’m going to give you, dear readers, a sneak peek at a portion of the story. It’s still in the birthing stage….. Sneak peek Her story: I wish I could say our marriage was perfect in every way, but I can’t....

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