From Death Springs Life

From Death Springs Life

It is the first day of Spring, the Spring Solstice, and I am thinking about death. This is perhaps not the first item that comes to mind for most people when you ask them what Spring would represent to them.  But my mind takes the odd path sometimes. In its own way...
Four Connections Close to My Heart

Four Connections Close to My Heart

Connecting Through Cleaning My Grandma Alta and I connected through cleaning. She was a tall, thin woman whose Norwegian ancestors had made a place for themselves toiling in the fields of eastern Nebraska. She lived in Omaha in a small, eternally neat apartment when I...
Are We Connecting To What Matters?

Are We Connecting To What Matters?

Connecting with Yourself Our society focuses so much on community and staying connected with others.  But I think we might be missing a very important note.  Are we connected with our Self?  Do we know our Self?  Do we know what we need, how we are feeling, what our...
A Story About Honor – I Owe a Man 60 Cents

A Story About Honor – I Owe a Man 60 Cents

*I owe a man in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota, 60 cents for six Payday candy bars I stole from him when I was ten.   They were cheaper then, ten cents each.  But I stole them and I never repaid him.   Our family vacation every year was a trip to Minnesota to stay at a lake...
An Eagle-Eyed Perspective

An Eagle-Eyed Perspective

Photo courtesy Friends of Big Bear Valley, copyright 2020 I never knew my peace of mind could end up depending on two wild birds 200 miles away from me. But there you go. It happened. At the top of 2021 I, along with the rest of the world, happily kissed 2020 goodbye...
“It’s a Free Country”

“It’s a Free Country”

Kate, their dog and MaryEllen, Kate’s best friend “It’s a Free Country”  We were a Lutheran family although my mother was raised Catholic. She became a Lutheran later in life. It may have had something to do with the fact that we lived across...
“Where Were You When?”

“Where Were You When?”

When we planned the themes for 2021, we couldn’t have foreseen the events that would occur and how much the word freedom would come to mean to all of us, especially now.  Thank you, Cheryl, for your insightful reflections.  What Freedom Means Martin Luther King,...
The Three “Presents”

The Three “Presents”

Following our discussion of “Being Present”, Cheryl Farrell looks at the word “present” and challenges us to stay in the now. Thank you, Cheryl! There are at least three ways to use the word “present.” One is to receive a gift and a second is...
Being Totally Completely Present

Being Totally Completely Present

As the saying goes, what happens in acting class stays in acting class Yes, it is true. You share things with fellow actors in an acting class that your nearest and dearest family members may not even know. In a great class, like that of the brilliant Gordon Hunt, you...

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