Our Lives

  • Away From Grief: My Most Meaningful Easter

    On that Palm Sunday, I was full of anticipation.  I had no way of knowing that my week was about to change -- that my joy would turn to grief. I spent the first two days of Holy Week preparing our little family to visit my widowed mother, who lived 1,700 miles away.  It would be my first visit “home” since becoming a mother five ...

    Posted at April 18, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 7 Comments
  • Book Review: Women Heroes of World War II

      Looking for inspiration to a lead a life of courage?  Do you want a deeper understanding of what helped turn the desperate tide of world war into peace? If so, I have a suggestion for you: Women Heroes of World War II – 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue, by Kathryn J. Atwood. It is part of the “Women of Action” series from Chicago Review Press.

    Posted at April 11, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Barren Days

    We have days – even too-long seasons – when we feel bare, stripped down. Barren of creativity, energy, hope. Pruned by life.   But, even when we cannot see it or feel it, life continues. Existing roots go deeper when energy is not diverted to growth above the surface. Seeds have been planted, but ...

    Posted at April 4, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 4 Comments
  • Let It Rain: Sharing Resources

    We have had an unusual amount of rain in the Southeast over the past few weeks.  Yet, a few years ago we were in a drought, much as California is now.  There is plenty of rain, but it does not always fall where, and when, we would like.  So it is with all physical resources. Some ...

    Posted at March 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Inspiration Can Come From Unexpected Places

    Sometimes we need to get out of our normal routine in order to find inspiration.  If you never seem to get out of the office, take a walk at lunch time.  If you want to see your child in a new light, go with your kid’s class on a field trip.  If your church life ...

    Posted at March 21, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • We Cannot Please Everyone

    There will always be people who do not like us, no matter what we do to win their praise or affection.  But, that is as it should be. When I was in high school, an acquaintance got me to ask my mother to do something for her.  This girl, who was rather indulged by her divorced mother, was distressed when ...

    Posted at March 7, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • The Distance Between East and West

    Quite surprising it was – and reassuring.  A wonderful end to a long day. Recently, our family prepared for our son’s college semester abroad, in Taiwan.  Getting supplies.  Tracking down documents.  Sharing dinners at favorite restaurants.  Hanging out.  After all, he does not plan to return for six months.  The ...

    Posted at February 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • What Type of Competition Motivates You?

    Our daughter was never very competitive as a young child.  She was not highly motivated to get the top grade or run the fastest.  But, then, she found something she loved: horses.  She embraced the competition and found her work ethic. As a teen, she began competing in horse shows.  Marilyn used to ride Stormy, a pony that ...

    Posted at February 21, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 2 Comments
  • Good Competition versus Bad Competition

    Why do Olympians work hard?  The answer is that they will be competing against the best in the world.  They work their bodies and harden their minds to compete at the highest level.  In contrast, people who believe that they are much better than anyone else – or much worse -- may have little incentive to work hard. I am ...

    Posted at February 14, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Relationships | 0 Comment
  • Act Like a Kid for a Day

    Business ownership is serious work, but recent snowy weather has reminded me of a day when my husband and I played hooky from work.  Now that I think of it, I am not sure why we have not done this more often! In the South, we do not get a lot of snow.  But, a couple ...

    Posted at February 7, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives | 0 Comment