Wow, it has been silent here for a while hasn’t it? We have had a very crazy February here at our house. I have been struggling with feeling helpless and hopeless for the last few weeks, which is not a great motivator for me to write. We have had snowstorm after snowstorm, with another one due to hit today. We battled a stomach virus, with five of the six of us succumbing. And my second oldest has moved back home. That is a lot of upheaval for two weeks. Continue reading
The darkest night of the year will soon be upon us, and this is the season of endings (in the northern hemisphere at least). So just what is an ending? Some would say that an ending is nothing but a new beginning. Sometimes it is easy to adopt that slightly different perspective, like when we change jobs, move to a new home, or complete our schooling. Sometimes it is hard to see the new beginning in the ending, like when we lose a loved one. We usually see death as the ultimate ending, but it can be a beginning as well, even without getting into the concept of reincarnation. Continue reading
I was reading a post on Facebook by Sharon Astyk (here is her quiet-for-now blog) who used a personal example of a crisis in her life to explain that we really don’t understand our fellow countrymen right now, and we are only just now realizing we have been completely miscommunicating for a long time. That we need to sit down and really listen to discover how our neighbors see the world because it might be radically different than we do. In the comments (I know, never read the comments, but her Facebook friends are generally very respectful), someone remarked, “We all desperately want to be “read” by others, and (at least for me) it’s so hard to get past innate self-centeredness and lack of communication skills. And yeah, a neighbor could be all the things we fear. Love is stronger than fear, but is expensive. But why else are we here? We’re all so needy and broken.” Love is expensive. Is it? Continue reading
Election Day in the US was two days ago. That day we chose our fate. Some are elated, and some are grief stricken. We are a divided nation and the Us versus Them rhetoric has never been stronger. Now it is time to pick up the pieces of our lives that we put on hold as we waited with bated breath to learn the outcome of this election season. I am so glad the campaigning and mud-slinging and agonizing waiting is over. Continue reading
In last week’s Thankful Thursday post, I praised the internet and technology for enabling us to maintain relationships over great distances, both through travel planning and by providing easy communication. This week I want to praise the internet for bringing us other points of view so we can keep our own up to date. Continue reading
One of the great things about the internet is the vast array of resources that are now available to us. Today I want to share some of my favorites with you. They range in topic and format, but they have all been life-changing for me. Continue reading
Wow, Trump sure knows how to inspire people to passion, doesn’t he? You either love him or loathe him. I will be completely honest and say that the man who is running for president frightens me. But here’s the thing — I don’t know if that is indeed the real Donald Trump. There have been several little things that make me wonder just what the chances really are of a Trump presidency.