Small Nurturing Acts

Small Nurturing Acts

Listen Yesterday I spoke with my friend whose son is in Afghanistan.  He is in the Army and he is among the last troops to be there.  The situation is fluid, tense, uncertain.  It is transitional, to put it delicately.  He is her beloved only son.  As a fellow...
The Benefits Of Crying

The Benefits Of Crying

When Doves Cry There are so many things that we can do for our daily wellness.  There’s dry brushing, drinking green juice, meditating, connecting with nature, journaling, and of course working out and stretching.  But, what about crying?  When was the last time you...
Hope – The Noun

Hope – The Noun

On the theme of hope this month,  guest contributor Cheryl Farrell writes about  that “deep in your bones” belief that things will be alright. The low-pitched hum you hear is me taking deep breaths. If you listen closely, you’ll hear me inhale and exhale, hope is a...
Hope In Brooklyn

Hope In Brooklyn

One Year Ago – 2020 On our final night in Brooklyn a year ago, my husband and I took a walk on Court Street.  We headed through Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens to our favorite pizza joint.  It was grey and rainy.  A fine mist fell over everything as...
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...
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,...

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