Sunday, April 23, 2017

Warmest Regards

Saturday, April 6, 2013

How much longtime influence does a parent have on the actions of an adult child?

Your answers could vary between "not much" and "more than you think."

When I'm together with friends and new acquaintances, that subject often comes up.

Sometimes, it's because a parent is saying: "We always took our children to church every week but now that they're on their own, they don't go."

Then, nods around the table indicate it's a common problem.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

My friend Pat is so inspirational that her friends call her Saint Francis. From early morning until she falls asleep each night, she devotes herself to helping others.

Before Pat moved to our town there was no such thing as an organized community-wide ministry to help the poor. When she moved here, she went to her pastor and said she wanted to start that ministry.

He backed her efforts and gave it the sanction of the church. But the work to establish the ministry was done by one woman.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

A friend of mine, who has always been especially close to her mother, just had the devastating experience of having to put her beloved mother in a nursing home.

"It's something I vowed never to do. She's 96 and she deserves a better ending to her life," says Alice.

Although her mother fits anyone's definition of old, she looks 30 years younger and still dresses like a glamourous movie star. Believe it or not, she went kayaking with her daughter two years ago. Unfortunately, her mind hasn't aged as gracefully as her body.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

When I was a kid, I liked playing Follow the Leader. It wasn't a very stimulating game and we usually got bored quickly and stopped playing.

Sometimes, though, as adults we continue to play Follow the Leader, even if we don't want to.

Did you ever do something you didn't want to do, simply because "everyone else was doing it?"

Perhaps you didn't want to go along with the crowd because it didn't seem right or it wasn't safe. Or maybe it just didn't appeal to you. But you did it anyway, just to go along with others.

Saturday, March 9, 2013


A full-page ad in our newspaper announced a "new" concept in housing development – new homes built around neighborhood pods, complete with stores, recreation and medical services all within walking distance.

Of course you're probably thinking the same thing I did – what's so new about that? We've had that concept for decades.

It's called neighborhoods.

I guess it's true that what's old suddenly becomes new again.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

From the time I was a kid, I gave up chocolate candy for Lent.

Encouraged by the church to do something penitent for the weeks leading up to Easter, I figured since I loved chocolate so much, that would be a suitable sacrifice.

I remember how absolutely delicious were the chocolate bunny ears I looked forward to on Easter Day. When you're deprived of anything, it's especially good to have it again.

Last year at the start of Lent, our pastor asked how many were planning to "give something up" for Lent. Almost every hand went up, including mine.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Last week, a beautifully written letter to the editor in the TIMES NEWS caught my attention.

The male writer extolled the virtues of letting life come to a standstill and just sitting still to inhale the beauty of life. He said he did that by pulling a chair outside then sitting quietly to appreciate the beauty of the snow scene.

He called it "enjoying his second childhood."

That resonates with me in a major way because I've been living my second childhood for six years. I'm enjoying it so much that my daily prayer is that I don't have to stop any time soon.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


I am drawn to dolphins as much as I am drawn to sunlight. I think they are smart, amazing creatures.

A recent Internet story tells us dolphins are also loving and caring.

I was moved by the story to the point where it made me think about my own actions. I think it's important enough to share the story with readers, so here it is, just as it appeared on Yahoo.

Members of the Cetacean Research Institute in Ulsan, South Korea, were surveying cetaceans in the Sea of Japan when they encountered a pod of dolphins.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Some people tell me they think I'm a caring person.

Well, yes and no.

I greatly care about my family and friends.

I care deeply about those who are forced to do without the basics of life. I care about the hungry and I care about the homeless.

I care about this nation and I care deeply about its eroding values.

I care about my church and my community. I know there is no such thing as "the church" should do it or "the community" should do it.

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Ohhh, how I wanted that house.

That's all I can think about as David and I ride our bikes past "the house."

"The house," as in, it's perfect for us.

"The house," as in, it was almost ours.

When David and I were planning to get married, we each owned a home. Our plan was to sell our homes and buy one together.

It would have made more sense if one of our homes was suitable for both of us. But he declared my home was too small and his very old home needed too much repair.

So, we went house hunting.