Up from Ashes

Two years ago, forest fires throughout the Pacific Northwest were closing freeways and making air quality miserable. It felt like the natural world that cradled me was becoming a charred skeleton, and I wondered if its bony remains would nurture me again. Near my home, a fire was consuming forests and moss-lined hollows of the […]

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A Leap into Coolness

I was a fifth-wheel in fifth grade, and I knew it. Two years earlier when I returned to Irvington Elementary from the Potter School for sick and frail kids, I felt like an outsider in my home school. But, in spite of the discomfort, I have no good or bad memories of third grade, so […]

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A Grave Tender

Earlier this week, I met a friend as we gathered for a hike. She gave me a little hug and asked, “Doing better?” I thought she was inquiring about my mobility, so I gave an update on stretching suggestions she gave me earlier. Then she asked, “How was the cemetery?” “Did I tell you about […]

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Not Built with Legos!

There is a tidiness to Legos that suits my temperament. I have a “grandchild’s loft” in my home with bricks, train engines, and tracks. Back when the grandkids were young, I’d buy a Lego kit, and we’d follow step-by-step instructions end up with something rewarding that worked. And if a train station got smashed, we […]

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This Site is Struggling!

About a week ago, I discovered that people who had subscribed to this blog were not getting notifications of new posts. Since then, I have been running in a maze and confronting issues I don’t understand well. That lack of understanding hasn’t helped me, but my hosting company and my WordPress products are s-l-o-w-l-y talking […]

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Hey Sister Suzy!

A trip to a psychiatric hospital “Hey! Sister Suzy!” The muffled voice came from behind observation windows at Cedar Hills Psychiatric Hospital during a tour in 1985. Only one person paired “Sister” and “Suzy,” so I instantly knew that it was an 18-year-old who used to be in my congregation. I would have hugged Daniel […]

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My Dreamspiration

I had an inspiration last week — a flat out, “no doubt about it” message that I finally heard loud and clear. It came to me in a dream that told me to act. Now! As my mother’s mind failed, she too had dreams and inspirations. Disconnected scenarios that caused her to act outside reality. […]

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