September 6, 2020

Today, we tend to think of love as a warm, wonderful feeling that flows over us, and fills our hearts. That is one beautiful form of love. I feel it when baby Riley greets me with a smile, when granddaughter Ellie offers to help me learn to put in my contact lenses, when Tom spontaneously…

August 29, 2020

When I’m walking I like smooth paths and sidewalks as much as possible. I avoid bumps, holes, ice, snow, mudholes, puddles as much as possible. Walking means I’m going slow enough to check out what is ahead and make good decisions, if I look. Life is like going on a journey. Most of us drive…

August 19, 2020

Does God Give Us Our Pain? Too often I have been told that this trouble, this illness, this grief, even Covid 19, is God’s gift to refine me into a better person. That makes me angry. Causing misery, pain, or hurt is not loving. Today I offer to you my understanding of who God is…

August 9, 2020

Marriage? Why Bother? This summer, Tom and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. Many couples today reject marriage as an unnecessary encumbrance. They tell me, “We don’t need the church or the state to endorse our personal commitment to each other. Besides, if we discover we’ve made a mistake, we won’t have to go through a…

August 3, 2020

A Response to Covid 19 Today, we think twice before leaving our homes to walk among strangers. Public health authorities have warned us. Stay home. That is safest. If you must go out among people, wear a mask. That’s the law in Ontario. Otherwise, outside. Gather on patios, but keep your social distance. Big crowds…

July 18, 2020

My children and grandchildren have grown up. My relationship with them has changed. I no longer have even an imagined control over their decisions or actions. I sit on the sidelines of their lives and watch and pray. Sometimes, I glow with pride and sometimes, I cry with them in their disappointments. Always I love…

June 30, 2020

The Party Can Happen! For the past twenty-nine years, our family has gathered as a group of just under 50 people to celebrate our special needs granddaughter’s birthday. For some of us the round trip to my son’s involves a drive of at least four hours. Few of our crowd lives close by. This year…

June 17, 2020

In today’s world we are obsessed with capturing our life in photos. Our cell phones allow us to record every moment. Sometimes we risk our lives to create special selfies in unusual places or situations. We post it all for the world to see on Facebook, Snapchat and a host of other social media. At…

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