Category: faith

Holiday Reflection this Pandemic Christmas Season

Holiday Reflection this Pandemic Christmas Season
Winston Churchill remarked, “Christmas is a season not only of rejoicing, but of reflection.” Since our world paused and reset with the pandemic restrictions March, we confront and learn more about systematic racism, inequality, and social unrest while economic uncertainty challenges livelihoods. We wear masks and social distance with clean hands. We still shop small business to... Read more »

Feelings of loss & gratitude this month of remembrance

Feelings of loss & gratitude this month of remembrance
As leaves crunch at our feet, we glimpse pink roses in bloom despite our frosty temperatures. We admire the splendor our loved ones, who passed, would savor. We aspire to their virtues. Our friend, Roy, believed so much in our great country, he fought in the Vietnam War before he was a United States citizen.  He passed away this... Read more »

This Halloween, we shall stay safe, reflect & do better

Bruce Springsteen’s new song “Ghost” from his album, “A Letter to You” soothes our hurting world. Bruce inspires, “I hear the sound of your guitar. Coming in from the mystic far the stone and the gravel in your voice come in my dreams and I rejoice.” We can reflect, act, do better. Bruce acknowledges pain,... Read more »
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Christopher Robin & Winnie-the-Pooh Speak to Loss & Covid Pandemic

Life events, simple pleasures, hard times, and moments of joy continue during the Coronavirus Pandemic. This week, our family grieves the passing of a loved one, my husband’s cousin. She died of a brain hemorrhage. We mourn with her children, parents, and grandmother. Sentiments from our recent family movie, Goodbye Christopher Robin, ring true. Christopher Robin’s childhood coming... Read more »

We grieve, empathize & listen this end of school year

Profound teachable moments among world events overshadow Coronavirus news, risks, and fleeting frustrations of home learning. Today, our boys grieve the horrific death of George Floyd and so many other victims of racial injustice and police brutality. We offer our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless others. We pause as we... Read more »

Shelter in place work life response & reality for Covid-19 pandemic

Each person and family experiences this chaotic and uncertain shelter in place from their unique perspective. Staggering facts, about physical and mental illness, financial hardship and unemployment, take our breath away. Together, we grieve and grasp moments of joy and extra time. Thanks to my husband, nine-year-old and seven-year-old boys, sis, parents, family, friends, coworkers,... Read more »
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Ode to COVID-19, Coronavirus!

Ode to COVID-19, Coronavirus!
Life-threatening, enemy of socialization and economic prosperity, COVID-19. You deprive small businesses and short-term markets, you sly, mean virus that force isolation. Loyal investors prove this will pass. We practice social distance. We miss grandparents, extended family, friends, school choir and mass. We work from home as a family in coexistence. We shake off the occasional meltdown... Read more »

Our family & love this Valentine's Day

The New Testament opines, “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always... Read more »

New Year thoughts this 2020

New Year thoughts this 2020
The words, “Awkward, brave and kind,” that Brené Brown writes we should embrace in 2020, resonate. They evoke inspiration and aspiration to cultivate wellness with healthy habits. We work to live with intention and grace to grow with change.  It feels scary to take positive action. I felt mortified that I finished last among my friends at the... Read more »
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Sweet moments this holiday season

Sweet moments this holiday season
As Maria Shriver’s weekly newsletter prays, “Dear God, thank you so much for this Christmas season and all it represents. Please let me be present in the moments I have with the people I cherish most. And to be mindful that for many this season is challenging, lonely, and complicated. May I show compassion to all... Read more »