He Is

I shoved my feet into my boots and grabbed a pair of mittens before I headed out the door towards the crusty snow that formed a dirty blanket in the field across from our house. I turned back once and saw the warm lights of our home mocking me. Cancer?!… Read more“He Is”

You are Worth the Effort

Dear Friend; You are worth the effort. It’s not easy, struggling through each day and learning to squash the automatic thoughts that the evil one has planted in your subconscious. But you are worth the effort. Answering endless questions posed by psychiatrists and counselors feels like an invasion of privacy… Read more“You are Worth the Effort”

Room at the Feeder for Every Hummer

There’s Always One Grumpy Hummer The excited chatter turns to an angry buzz and I hop out of my chair to see what caused the commotion. Tails spread and wings beating furiously, a female Rufous Hummingbird approaches and stabs her beak into the neck of the Black-chinned Hummingbird who peacefully… Read more“Room at the Feeder for Every Hummer”

You Can’t Cure Anyone

Dear Friend, The weight of anxiety over a friend or loved one who needs your care may have pressed the last dredges of flavor from your life. You may find the strangest things make you cry (coffee commercials, for example) at the oddest times (during a staff meeting). You may… Read more“You Can’t Cure Anyone”

Guide Us With Your Grace

This morning my husband texted me with this question: “What does ‘guide us with your grace’ really mean?” Good question. Pedro’s been listening to Josh Groban—probably as loudly as the speakers can handle, since I’m far away from home right now. In fact, I have only slept in my bed… Read more“Guide Us With Your Grace”

You Are Beautiful

You are beautiful. Deep down inside you, a place of beauty lurks, waiting for living water to set it free. Stick your fingers in your ear and cover your eyes and ignore the words and images of all the naysayers who say that only the thin, the perfect, the athletic,… Read more“You Are Beautiful”

Feeling Dismal? You Are Not Alone

Dear Friend, I know the day seems dismal and dreary despite the summer sun shining brightly outside your window. I know that each breath requires a herculean effort and retreat into a dark hole seems like the only option. I know how difficult you find it to text, to call,… Read more“Feeling Dismal? You Are Not Alone”

Chain of Command: The Rest of the Story

A Life of Death Decision After an agonizing night, an interminable trip, and an expensive taxi ride, I had arrived in Pedro’s hospital room by three o’clock, just as I’d promised. He didn’t have a private room, but fortunately no one occupied the other bed. After all, we had some… Read more“Chain of Command: The Rest of the Story”

Regretting My Lack of Regard

The vest hangs in my closet, drab khaki, untouched since the last time we moved, over ten years ago. My grandmother gave it to me twenty-seven years ago, the day I graduated from college. When I opened the gift, I remember thanking her in my fake-enthusiastic way, “Wow, Grandma! Just… Read more“Regretting My Lack of Regard”

Why We Should All Want to be Indentured Servants

“What would you like me to do next, Mum,” Laura asked as she curtsied and then put the broom away. I looked at her and stifled a giggle. She wore her blue prairie dress and pink apron that I’d made her earlier that year so that she could dress up… Read more“Why We Should All Want to be Indentured Servants”