• Beauty Stirs the Soul

    Why does beauty stir our minds and hearts?  Why does looking at the natural world create feelings of deep joy? I cannot answer those questions.  However, I experienced these feelings during two recent weeks spent in Alaska.  There is one word to describe the scenery there:  spectacular! For the ...

    Posted at August 9, 2014 | By : | Categories : Mind,Our Lives,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Our Lives: When Garbage Comes In

    Someone in every household removes the trash on a regular basis.  Garbage leaves our home and good riddance!  But, are we paying attention to the garbage that enters into our daily lives? The easiest way to deal with this “living” garbage is to avoid contact.  However, that is ...

    Posted at July 12, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • What is Patriotism?

    Patriotism is viewed as corny by some, meaningless by others.  When I described myself to a friend as patriotic, she asked me what that meant.  She has become a citizen of the United States in recent years and was genuinely curious.  As a result, I have spent time formulating my answer – and here it is. Simply put, patriotism is an expression of faith in, support ...

    Posted at July 4, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 1 Comment
  • Expanding My Comfort Zone: Appalachian Service Project

    By signing up with Appalachian Service Project (ASP) through my church, I knew I would be stepping outside of my personal comfort zone.  I would leave a highly-predictable environment for an unfamiliar place, doing service work that would stretch me.  I knew ...

    Posted at June 27, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 4 Comments
  • Step Outside of Your Comfort Zone

    As we go through life, we pick up multiple skills and develop our innate abilities.  Life becomes more predictable, and that relieves some of our stress.  We tend to gravitate to what we know, even in volunteer positions.  If we know finance, we cashier at the school bazaar or serve on ...

    Posted at June 20, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • Pass the Peace

    At my church, we are invited to “pass the peace” every Sunday during worship.  We turn to those around us, clasp hands, look into our fellow worshiper’s eyes and say, “The Peace of Christ be with you.”  The response is, “And also with you.” This practice is widely used in many Christian churches, for good reasons.  First, we welcome each other into ...

    Posted at May 9, 2014 | By : | Categories : Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 2 Comments
  • Stunted Growth

    Mike was a very passionate man.  After 25 years of marriage and four children, he continued to shower his wife with praise, encouragement, and affection.  His wife’s favorite tree is the red maple.  He shared his excitement with me about having five of them planted across their ...

    Posted at April 25, 2014 | By : | Categories : Body,Mind,Our Lives,Relationships,Spirit | 0 Comment
  • 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
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