My sister and I love to shell together and I learned a few tricks from her. She helped me identify coral, sponge, worm shells and others. One day she suggested we change our focus and look only for very tiny shells. She held one up as an example. What a difference that made to our finds. Suddenly that was all I could see – miniature perfect replications of the larger shells we had just been finding. Read More

Lucy was a fearful dog. We brought her into our family as a tiny puppy who fit in the palm of my hand. She lived with us for many years and we loved her, cared for her, played with her, provided for her needs. But in spite of being loved, protected and cared for, she was fearful. Read More

I got a new toothbrush. It’s an automatic one that lets you know when you are finished brushing. You know, a vibration at two minutes. But this one has additional features. It gives a little “brrp brrp” every thirty seconds so you know it is time to go to the next quadrant. After three of those, the fourth one is the longer vibration that signals an Read More

I love the movie Finding Nemo. Probably because I love Dory so much. I understand her… I think…I can’t really remember. But some of the greatest advice of all time comes from that movie. Dory reminds Marlin at one Read More

Oh that I had wings like a dove; then I would fly away and rest!

I would fly far away to the quiet of the wilderness.

Psalm 55:6-7 Read More

Monday was tough. We had a great weekend with friends in Chicago watching Cubs baseball, eating amazing food and seeing the downtown through the eyes of first time visitors. It was fabulous. But by Sunday evening I felt pretty tough. And not tough like, “I can do it all with one arm behind my back” but rather tough like, “I think I have Read More

Negative memories, also referred to as soul injuries or wounds, are caused by traumatic events in which one of our core needs are not met. Healing this type of injury requires another event to occur that corrects the injury. Let me use an example from the natural world to illustrate. Read More

Last Saturday my daughters, granddaughter and I flew to Florida to celebrate my youngest daughter’s 25th birthday. Wow! My youngest daughter is 25! What happened to the time? How did the years sneak by so quickly? What am I going to be when I grow up? (I don’t know if we ever stop asking that question.)  Read More

 

During tornado season a siren sounds in my community on Thursday at 2 p.m.  The siren runs for a minute or so and everyone stops, even if unconsciously, to acknowledge the emergency system designed to alert us to the presence of a tornado. No one moves to a safe place on Thursday afternoons but any other time of day or night the response would be quite different. Any other time we would take refuge in the safety of our basements. Read More

I don’t like failure. I’ve read about the failures of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Abraham Lincoln and countless others on their way to great successes. I love success but I don’t like failure. I’m getting better about it. I’m learning to receive criticism graciously and learn from it. I’m moving in that direction. But I’m not there. Maybe you aren’t either. I wonder what floats around the periphery of you mind. The thing that screams for your attention like Arnold in “Welcome Back Kotter” — waiting for you to Read More