Category Archives: Inspiration

Old age: a privilege and an adventure

In a recent letter, my best friend commented, “It sure is the pits growing old.” While I can often commiserate with that sentiment, it reminded me of something I posted a few years ago after reading the quote below, from … Continue reading

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Who is responsible?

[This article was originally posted in June of 2016. Unfortunately, it is even more germane today.] If two groups of people, each a leader with followers, pass on the street and one leader shouts at the other, “You stink! You’re … Continue reading

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New Year’s Clear-out

When my mother’s failing health made it impossible for her to continue to live independently, we moved in together. My mother’s care gradually fell more and more onto my shoulders and, as her health declined, she became increasingly frustrated and … Continue reading

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The Bible: God’s personal love letter to you

To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice. – Proverbs 21:3 Many Christians have a problem reconciling the Bible’s guidance on righteousness and justice with its teachings on mercy and forgiveness. However, when we remember, as it says in Romans 3:20, … Continue reading

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Meant for evil, but God meant it for good,

Most of you have probably heard about the controversy over the Satanist statue placed in the Illinois Statehouse alongside the Christmas tree and menorah. Many were outraged by this provocative act of the Satan worshipers, but I have come to … Continue reading

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Christmas Ceasefire

There have been many stories, movies, and historical reports of both sanctioned and spontaneous Christmas truces over the years. These stories often give us a warm feeling to learn how soldiers involved in bloody conflict set down their arms for … Continue reading

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Christmas in Focus

As fun as it is, playing Santa for friends and family every year can become quite a chore. We can begin to feel frazzled and pulled in many directions. Although many of us take pride in our skill at multi-tasking, … Continue reading

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Seeking both lessons and blessings amidst the pain

A few years ago I was asked to speak at a women’s meeting and to bring, “Just seven to ten minutes on the topic of forgiveness.” Easy, right? There are possibly hundreds of books written on that topic and I … Continue reading

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A Thankful Heart

Even though we are being rushed from Halloween straight to Christmas these days, we cannot overlook the fact that this Thursday is Thanksgiving.   Although established by political action and not a strictly religious holiday, Thanksgiving originated with an outpouring … Continue reading

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Thoughts and Prayers

Although it is mid-November, the wildfire season here in California isn’t over. Northern California was forcibly reminded of that fact yesterday when a devastating fire blew up in Butte County, wiping out the charming mountain city of Paradise in a … Continue reading

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