Steal Away with Me

Steal away with Me. Escape the chains of responsibility Eschew the ropes of judgement and scorn Discard the tethers of others’ expectations And sit awhile with Me. Steal away with Me. Let the laundry lie in its limp endless loads Seek a crack in the cacophony of caregiving Allow the… Read more“Steal Away with Me”

The Nature of the Beast

“It’s the nature of the beast,” I wrote to Anita in one of our many chats:  things pile up in the worst possible ways. The end of the quarter looms a week away – grades are due, finals given, frantic make-up assignments might possibly be turned in by desperate students and/or… Read more“The Nature of the Beast”

Self-Care for Caregivers Involves Learning How to Breathe

Self-Care for Caregivers Involves Learning How to Breathe To breathe or not to breathe, this is the question. I know, we all breathe, all the time; otherwise, we would be dead. But did you know that HOW we breathe plays a huge role in our health? During Pedro’s cancer year,… Read more“Self-Care for Caregivers Involves Learning How to Breathe”

He Lives within my Heart

 “He lives within my heart!” It’s amazing to stand in an auditorium filled with Christian pastors and teachers and have all 300 or so lifting their hearts to God together in song.  I loved every moment.  Until they introduced the hymn, “He Lives”.  The song leader motioned everyone to stand… Read more“He Lives within my Heart”

What a Rubber Ducky Taught Me About Salvation

Rubber Ducky Memories I walked into the guest bathroom this morning and saw my grandson’s rubber ducky sitting on the edge of tub. Memories of a smaller tub and a similar rubber ducky floated into my head. January 3, 2003—Pedro had eaten his breakfast one painstaking bite at a time…. Read more“What a Rubber Ducky Taught Me About Salvation”

New Year or New Every Morning

On New Year’s Day, it’s natural to focus on the “new” part.  It’s a new day, a new week and a new year all in one, this year.  Today is a traditional time to make New Year’s Resolutions and a time when the entire country focuses on getting organized and healthy… Read more“New Year or New Every Morning”

Don’t Judge People For Where They Park

Hating on the Cheaters Who Park in Handicap Spots I used to steam internally when I saw a perfectly healthy person park in a handicap spot. “What is WRONG with that person?” I would mumble. “Don’t they understand that they could get fined for parking there?” Of course, what I… Read more“Don’t Judge People For Where They Park”

Calliope Hummingbirds Can Teach us to Trust

  Calliope Hummingbirds are Migration Machines The Calliope Hummingbirds drop by my feeders for brief visits during their very long migration.  The smallest breeding bird in North America, Calliopes weigh about the same as a dime and can reach 7-10 centimeters in length (that’s under four inches long!). During Spring… Read more“Calliope Hummingbirds Can Teach us to Trust”

An Open Letter to Those Who Sent Us Mail

To all the kind people who sent us mail during Pedro’s struggle with cancer; Thank you. I’ve saved each letter and card in a bulging file folder that goes wherever we go. I haven’t reopened the mail since you sent it, back in 2002, but each piece holds a special… Read more“An Open Letter to Those Who Sent Us Mail”

The Power of Pudding

  Finding the secret to giving a young boy the nastiest tasting medicine became the challenge of my life over-night when he was diagnosed with leukemia. We tried everything.  Applesauce, ice cream, juice, Popsicles, regular food he liked (burritos were a favorite) yogurt and just plain water.  Nothing made that bitter,… Read more“The Power of Pudding”