Another shooting, this time it’s a school in Parkland Florida. There have been many school shootings, just as there have been movie theater shootings, baseball field shootings, concert shootings, and on and on…… I have always gotten a little upset by those who criticize people who send their ‘thoughts and prayers,’ but in a way … Continue reading When is it going to be enough?
Happy National Popcorn Day! Here are my options: I can either stay a hard shelled kernel or I can explode into the world. When hard times come, and they always do, I withdraw, pull into myself and not let anyone in. I become so hardened that change is impossible. Nothing comes in, nothing goes … Continue reading Stay a kernel or pop
Forgiveness is tough. Being hurt by someone we care about causes such deep suffering. It’s hard to put into words the pain that seems to emanate from our core into every cell of our bodies. The truth is that until we forgive, we are trapped, we are controlled, we are imprisoned by the … Continue reading Steps to Forgiveness
At this time of year, we begin to look ahead to spring. It’s been cold in the northeast, and we are ready for some warmer weather. Even though we are in January, the stores are already filled with spring fashion. We tend to look ahead, and that’s fine, because sometimes the present is painful and … Continue reading Coming soon
Sometimes I like to look at people’s faces and wonder what their life is like. What challenges have they faced? What kind of suffering did they encounter? How many disappointments did they face along the way? And what about celebrations? Where was the joy in their life? Who was with them at these happy times? … Continue reading Oh the secrets
What do you see when you look at this picture? I see life. I see a flower in bloom, vibrant and healthy. I see a flower beginning to fade. I see a change, a transformation I see surrender, letting go I see the promise of new life And I see beauty in every … Continue reading What do you see?
Yes, it’s true. Today is National Bobblehead Day and yes, I have to admit, I have been a Bobblehead at times in my life. There have been times when I have kept silent, allowing my head to bobble a bit when I should have spoken up. It’s difficult to speak up when you are dealing … Continue reading Happy National Bobblehead Day
“I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” Luke 5:32 Self Righteous = convinced of one’s own righteousness especially in contrast with the actions and beliefs of others : narrow-mindedly moralistic Sinner = Someone who misses the mark Repent = Change your direction (you’re going the wrong way) In light of these … Continue reading Save me from my Self Righteousness
So, this is a very beautiful Christmas Tree……but it is not mine! Oh, I do have some very beautiful ornaments, but this year they are staying in their boxes. This year, my Christmas Tree is more of a ‘Memory Tree.’ I sat with some photo albums and gathered together pics from the past. I have … Continue reading Not My Christmas Tree
I hesitate to write this post because most people, including myself, avoid pain at all costs. Who would ever willingly choose pain for oneself or not try anything to keep pain from a loved one. Pain hurts! And in some cases, the worst type of pain is that which is invisible to the eye. The … Continue reading Why Pain is Necessary