an ever-present help in times of trouble

My first overriding emotion was embarrassment. When I heard one say to the other, “It was a domestic dispute,” I felt the blood rush to my face. The emotion following immediately behind was anger. “No! You don’t understand. My dad has a brain tumor. He’d never hurt us or our mom!”  The kind paramedics looked... Continue Reading →

the true you

I sat poolside in this Mexican resort town and noticed a tingling clearness in my head and my breathing start to slow down and get deeper. It felt like a watch that had been ticking too fast, suddenly being reset to the correct tempo - an invisible rebooting of my soul. I recently heard the... Continue Reading →

a wing and a prayer

Being petrified of flying has it's advantages. Okay, yes, certainly "advantages" is an overstatement, but there is ONE reason that I'm thankful for my intense fear. When I'm up in the clouds and my heart is hammering in my chest, I can pray to God for hours on end, which is exactly what I did... Continue Reading →

a fine line

There's a fine line between joy and despair, laughter and tears, the truth and a lie, life and even death.  We should've seen it coming, we already knew we were on very thin ice. Especially after our agency was shut down by the U.S. State Department in December, but still, we had hope.  Looking back... Continue Reading →

the dash that is our life

Yesterday, I visited the cemetery where my dad was laid to rest in 1985.  I hadn't planned to stop there, but construction and a wrong turn after dropping my mom at the airport led me on an adventure through the city of Chicago, and then to the highway that passed his exit. I settled in... Continue Reading →

these kind of days

I awoke to the alarm this morning, my heart pounding at 5:30 am, with a list of things to accomplish running through my brain. Dentist appointment first thing, then dress and gift selecting, grocery shopping, bathroom cleaning ... send a card, finish emails and messages, bring a meal to a new mom - my self-imposed... Continue Reading →

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