All You Need Is Love?

All You Need Is Love?

A young girl, completely unprepared, marries a young boy. “Love will see us through,” they reason. It doesn’t. A young child enters a new home, via adoption or foster care. The parents cling to the notion, “All this child needs is love.” The child turns out to need...
5 Things NOT to Say to Someone in Pain

5 Things NOT to Say to Someone in Pain

Sometimes people don’t know what to say to you when you’re in chaos. For a period of time, my life was a mess. We faced family illnesses and kid problems that we would’ve never imagined. With God’s help, I’m still standing. I have a few close friends who...

Hitherto

My father-in-law died this week, a little more than a year since my mother-in-law passed.  The year without his beloved Rose Marie was torture for him.  He spoke of her often and of his desire to be united with her. He left peacefully on a Tuesday evening, surrounded...

Lullabies and Groaning

The hospital is a crazy place of beginnings and endings. This one has a tradition of playing Lullaby over the public announcement system every time a new baby is born. The tune is in sharp contrast to the groans and grimaces of my father-in-law. Nearly a year to the...

Enjoying Growing Older

I was raised in the 1960s during a time of great civil unrest. We were taught to not trust anyone over 30. That works great when you are 19, 20, 21 … but when you approach 31, 40, 50 …. You need a new belief system! Growing older is a party to be enjoyed. Here’s why:...