be a light

“I can’t smell my coffee” was followed later in the day by, “This ketchup tastes awful!” No, please let it not be so! We’d been lucky enough to avoid COVID this whole year, so why now? Why just days before Christmas, when we’d been planning a beautiful gathering with our family and surprise visitors, our... Continue Reading →

joy unspeakable joy

She gave me a wry grin and shook her head. "Is that getting old?" I asked. "Yes," she said, but her laughter told me she (sorta) liked my little comedy routine. Now that my daughter and husband (and most of us) are doing school and work at home, I say, "Drive safe!" and "See you... Continue Reading →

build a bridge

Trying to wing the toast at my son’s wedding last May was a horrible idea. Once I had the microphone and looked out at that historic, lakefront ballroom full of cherished family and friends, I felt an uncomfortable lump forming in my throat. When I turned to address the bride and groom, the swelling mysteriously... 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 →

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