Back On Our Feet

“I found him in bed when I came to visit this morning.” Kathy, my dad’s case manager was on the phone, calling from his apartment during her once-a-month visit. “Usually he is downstairs waiting for me. I think he may have broken his hip when he stumbled and fell  in his room this morning.” It’s…

Three Years Later-Reflections on Losing an Elderly Parent

I was surprised at the feelings then and how it informed my future. Contributing these thoughts to The Perennial Gen website,  where I reflect on the death of my dad three years after his death, (also 4 1/2 years after my mom’s).  I would be interested in the answers to the question posed by the editor as…

More to Forgive

This morning is my first article at The PerennialGen – Growing Deeper Roots in the Dirt and Light of Midlife. A year ago I discovered Michelle VanLoon, a writer in a few suburbs northwest from me and co-editor of ThePerennialGen. Our connection has been a delightful one and an encouragement to me, personally. We have…

Thoughts for A New Year in April

I wrote this December 20 and here it still sits as a draft:) I do things like that. I thought, “I could wait till next December 29 and it would still be true,” but it’s true now April 23, 2018. I suspect some of you may relate to it also. If it does, I’d love…

What Love Is This?

  As I shared yesterday in my Holy Saturday post, I have been feeling disconnected from Easter.  In the past, music and the lyrics spoke to me of God and his love for me. I am no longer directly involved in a worship arts ministry, where each carefully chosen song and its words speak to my heart…

No One Says Much – A Holy Saturday Reflection

This year I have been feeling disconnected from Easter.  Maybe part of it has to do with traveling all month and not being part of Holy Week with our Church Community this year.  I think it’s also because it feels like I have lost my spiritual rhythms that used to be so natural for me. …

A Steadfast Love, Cascading

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. Lamentations 3:22 This morning the  preacher talked of this steadfast love as we worshiped with our son and his family at their church. We do this occasionally, finding it to be a sweet time. “Steadfast” love speaks of a loyal love full-of-resolve love steadily-directed love A recent…

A Place of Refuge

With signs promising an ocean view, we walked through the pedestrian walkway under US 1 along the coast of California, just south of Big Sur. We weren’t disappointed. A short walk further, then this . . . the breath-taking, make-you-want-to-cry beauty of McWay Falls inaccessible except by kayak. Even now, 12 years later I remember…