find their way

Just turn on the power and everything is all set, she told me. You don’t need to change a thing - I have it on the correct setting and volume, she told me. If it’s not turned on, she said, he won't sleep and will be distracted by the children playing outside. I was babysitting... Continue Reading →

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 essence of big love

The risk of loving big is that big goodbyes can wreck you. If you've lived long enough, you've experienced it. The reverberating pain of saying goodbye to someone you love dearly. I've been to more funerals than I can count. My beloved father passed away when I was a teen, and three more people I... Continue Reading →

ineffable

My worst fear had been realized. When I heard his feet hit the floor and his bedroom door open, I knew I didn’t have time to move or hide. I was caught. "Hey!" he said. "What are you doing?" "I'm just looking for something I dropped earlier," I whispered (and lied). He was practically sleep-walking... 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 →

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