There is nothing worse than betrayal. I think this is the most difficult emotion to resolve. Everyone experiences betrayal, some experiences are worse than others. A common reaction is the desire to hurt the betrayer like they hurt us. When I was in Israel on a trip with a bunch of clergy, we were sittingContinue reading “Betrayal”

Is Peace Possible?

Eldfell is a volcanic cone about 660 feet high on Heimaey Island. It erupted without warning on Jan. 23, 1973, forcing people to flee their homes in the middle of the night. Although nobody died, the eruption destroyed over 400 businesses and residences. The volcano was active for six months and the island actually grewContinue reading “Is Peace Possible?”

Robot Vacuum Cleaners

A robot vacuum cleaner is one of the greatest inventions ever, especially if you have a dog that sheds. It wanders around your house learning your furniture placement and vacuums in places that you can’t reach picking up dirt and dog hair when you are not even home! I’m always amazed when I empty oneContinue reading “Robot Vacuum Cleaners”

Will you knit me a dress, Grandma?

Are you kidding? Of course, I’ll knit you a dress. This is how it happened. I took my granddaughter, Olivia to a yarn store while we were visiting. I needed some needles to start a project. Olivia is four years old. She walked into the store and went right over to a shelf of hand-dyedContinue reading “Will you knit me a dress, Grandma?”

Finding the Joy in Living

I’ve seen several news pieces on the Grammy winner John Batiste. I don’t know his music but I found the interviews with him compelling. His wife, Suleika Jaouad is suffering from cancer. She was diagnosed in 2011 and given a 35% chance of survival. She did survive and wrote a best-selling memoir entitled “Between TwoContinue reading “Finding the Joy in Living”

We need a Rainbow

No matter how old I get, there is still something magical and thrilling about the appearance of a rainbow. As a student of the Bible, I know that it represents the covenant that God has with us and all future generations and God’s power and glory. I cling to this belief in God’s power. TheContinue reading “We need a Rainbow”

My Great Grandmother’s Quilt

My great-grandmother made this quilt. She would have been my grandchildren’s great great great grandmother. I remember her, she died when I was eight years old. I’m sixty-four now. The quilt is obviously old, there are holes in it and ragged edges but to me, it is a piece of history. The quilt pictured wasContinue reading “My Great Grandmother’s Quilt”

Staying Warm

I will never take being warm for granted. In 2015, I spent four weeks in Chile studying Spanish and living with a Chilean family. Although it was a modern apartment building, there was no heat. I was there in June which was the beginning of their late fall/early winter. The cold was a surprise everyContinue reading “Staying Warm”

Not Belonging

What is my biggest fear besides death and taxes? Not belonging. I heard a sermon once on the importance of community. The priest started talking about how he had been ostracized by his family and friends because he was different. He talked about the pain of trying to understand why he was different. Hadn’t GodContinue reading “Not Belonging”

What do we fear?

I saw this doe early one evening last summer. She seemed surprised to see me walking in her field. We both stared at each other, her big brown eyes giving me the once over. She decided I wasn’t a threat and kept eating grass occasionally glancing up at me to see what I was doing.Continue reading “What do we fear?”