Journal
Truth TellingOctober 24th, 2016
tags: remember

I have a chapter in my book that includes the story of my mother's mother, Neola Gertrude Ellertson. I'd read the narrative included in the history compiled by my cousins who've been conscientious about documenting our genealogy, but the story seemed to have obvious omissions so I called my mother to ...

Silent NightDecember 27th, 2014
tags: remember

I felt Christmas coming. It came in gently. Quietly.

I could have geared up - it was happening all around me. But, when I opened my “Christmas Supplies” boxes, all I imagined was how beautiful and festive the decorations would look in my daughters’ homes.

It was easy to give them ...

You Were Made for ThisNovember 8th, 2014
tags: remember

This admonition from Dr. Estes has seen me through many moments...

My friends, do not lose heart. We were made for these times. I have heard from so many recently who are deeply and properly bewildered. They are concerned about the state of affairs in our world now. Ours is ...

The DestinationJune 28th, 2014
tags: remember

I'm sitting alone at my table, slapping and scratching. I don't notice anyone else scratching.

Why am I the only one scratching?

I finish my dinner quickly and go out onto the beach - the mosquitos are less active there. I set my things on a chair and wade out into ...

The Big PictureJanuary 27th, 2013
tags: remember

It seems we need a crisis, global or personal, to remind us of our spiritual roots.

For a historic perspective on this apparently universal phenonmenon, I rely on Karen Armstrong. In her book, The Great Transformation, she brilliantly details the impetus' for the world's four major religious traditions and does ...

I am GratefulNovember 10th, 2012
tags: remember

I'm not going to lie to you, the last year or two have been tough. As I've clarified my intentions and initiated my business plan, there have been some personal challenges arise within my family. (I don't comment on them because that would be a violation of their privacy).

It ...

Close to HomeNovember 4th, 2012
tags: remember

The familiar "Serenity Prayer" tells us to "...accept the things we cannot change". 90 mph winds and a body slam to the eastern shoreline fall into this category. But, there's a second admonition in that prayer, "...to change the things we can..." Let's talk about what we ...

Living Right Side OutAugust 4th, 2012
tags: remember

“Living right-side-out” - a phrase I made up, so I’ll explain what I mean by it. To make it unmistakably clear, I’ll describe its opposite, what it was like to live "outside-in".

First, my internal dialogue was overwhelmed by negative beliefs that had been drilled into me by an external source ...

RememberingJune 3rd, 2012
tags: remember

It’s a little like finding a favorite, old photograph you haven’t seen in a very long time. It’s of you, and seeing it takes you back to that moment, to how it felt. Bit’s and pieces come to mind - where you lived, who you loved, choices you made, highlights of ...