Dear Reader. During these times there seems to be so many horrible things happening to so many people. People are starving because of cruelty; poverty; loss of jobs, money, possessions, family and/or homes. Hate, dishonesty, greed, revenge, ignorance and hunger for power drive politicians, racists, and terrorists to maim, kill, starve or traumatize innocent people. … More What Can I Do?
Bren’e Brown PhD, LMSW is a noted professor, author and speaker on TED Talks. I have listened to two of her TED Talk Videos and is very easy to listen to and speaks in every day language. In this video she answers some questions and shares some methods she has found helpful in dealing with … More Words to Help Us Get Through the Pandemic
I have trouble coping with anger. Generally the most angry I have been has been righteous indignation over mistreatment of someone, some country, or some animal. Growing up in my family we rarely were angry at each other. I remember only two maybe three big arguments my parents had when I was young. While growing … More Anger Can Hide Pain
My dear friend, Morag Noffke wrote this beautiful post. It said many of the things I have said or feel. Maybe her words will touch you as they touched me. The title “The Sacredness of Being.” Sorry I can not copy and paste this. But it is worth the read. https://moragnoffke.wordpress.com/2020/05/09/the-sacredness-of-being/
This is one of my favorite stories from my childhood. Since I no longer have the book, I’ve told the story as well as I could remember it, but with a few of my own embellishments. Once upon a time a poor farmer, his wife and three children lived in an average sized farmhouse. But as … More No Room For a Sneeze
I enjoy sharing stories from ancient times that may help people laugh or gain wisdom. One such story I heard in a sermon years ago is not found in the Bible but was likely passed down by oral tradition from one generation to the next. The story was eventually recorded in a book of prophet … More The Road to Understanding
My two cats have taught me many lessons about healthy living. After being owned by two cats, I can say un-CAT-egorically that I am a cat person. The CATharsis of sitting on the couch with one cat in my lap as I stroke her fur or watching the other cat entertain me with her antics can … More Healthy Living Lessons From My Cats
I have always loved this ancient Hebrew/Arabic tale. This story is dear to me because it reminds me of my two sons. If you read the end of the post you will see why. Two Brothers Once many years ago, a very wealthy, widowed farmer, who knew he was dying, divided his fields between his two sons, Jonah … More This Is What Brothers Do
There is something many people have forgotten about or are afraid of giving or receiving: the gift of touch. I know there are times when touching someone is inappropriate but I have learned it can be very healing in the right circumstances and with the right people. My mother and father were both affectionate with … More The Gift of Touch
We have heard about terrible things going on in the world: the destruction of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, fires, shootings and deaths, suffering, anger, fear and other emotions that go with such horrors. Many of us are feeling useless right now, considering the tragedy laden news we hear everyday. Sometimes the pain and sadness in the … More Who Needs You?