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Books that are emotionally engaging, passionately crafted, and infused with hope.

IF YOU MUST CRY

IF YOU MUST CRY   Some days. Some days are harder than others. Some days are a little more challenging. Some days everyone gets a little down, even Michelle Obama. “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth, whenever it is a damp drizzly November,” Ismael bemoans in Melville’s Moby Dick. Then, Ismael goes…

Remembering Fr. Sam

A few days ago news came to me and my high school classmates that one of our teachers had passed. Yes, he was in his eighties. Yes, many of us had not seen him in all these years. Some of us had lunch with him a couple of years ago. It is not the recent…

IF YOU MUST CRY

IF YOU MUST CRY   Some days. Some days are harder than others. Some days are a little more challenging. Some days everyone gets a little down, even Michelle Obama. “Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth, whenever it is a damp drizzly November,” Ismael bemoans in Melville’s Moby Dick. Then, Ismael goes…

A Beautiful One / A Memory Journey

    There is a Navajo prayer that offers this phrase, “A beautiful one came into my hands”. I have been blessed to share the life of a beautiful one, my sister, Debra. Her life brought beauty to everyone she encountered. She instilled beauty into everything she did. When her hands touched the piano keys,…

PLANTED in PENNIES

PLANTED IN PENNIES Do you remember the old rhyme “Find a penny pick it up all the day you’ll have good luck”? Does anyone pick up a penny any more? Do most of us dismiss a copper glint on the sidewalk as unworthy of our effort? Seeing a penny and picking it up has always…

Rings, Rituals and Impending Hope

Discovering Ourselves in the Time of Pandemic When you live with a chronic illness that keeps you bedridden for days at a time you learn to live life in your mind. You either learn to be comfortable with yourself or you don’t. If you don’t you make yourself and everyone around you miserable. When the…

Ordinary Grace

Yesterday, my book club faced the new reality. We had a phone conference book club meeting. It went surprisingly well. While some chose not to participate, those of us who did found a comfortable space to shelter us. We heard the familiar voices we heard every month. We dove into the story, the messages, the…

The Breath of Kindness

What can we ever give to another more sacred and more loving than acceptance of who they are and what they bring to our life.   Oh, the inexpressible comfort of  feeling safe with a person: having  neither to weigh thoughts nor  measure words, but to pour them out. Just as they are—-chaff and grain…

Something Just Right

I hope you have a mug that fits your hands just right. One you can wrap both hands around and warm your fingers clear through as you savor your morning brew. Holding that warm, just-right mug in your hands, You can watch the sunrise growing loud with vibrant colors that fade quietly into a fragile…