I am drawn to the connections that occur whether it is abstract thoughts or with living beings. For instance, we have an indoor cat that has become an outdoor cat. Because he was raised with affection he had now made “friends” with the skunks and a possum that come nightly to eat his food. It makes me laugh but he is really intent on sharing and doesn’t seem to mind.
Your child is in the emergency room again while you stand there feeling helpless and not knowing what to do. Your child comes in the back door from school and you notice he is sporting a black eye and a split lip. You discover your adult child has been in an abusive relationship. Have you ever noticed that when our children are in pain – whether that pain is physical or emotional – parental guilt seeps into our minds? We begin to doubt parenting choices and we wonder if we could have prevented the harm they have fallen into. Added to our already overly doubtful mind is the guilt of not being able to give 100% to our child’s problem. We experience irrational behaviors of not eating well, becoming sleep deprived, not taking breaks or exercising. read more
I was traveling with my son to pick up my daughter from college. My cell phone rang and I automatically answered it. Meanwhile, a motorcycle policeman came up beside me and signaled me over with his left hand. Well being the friendly person that I am I waved back. Yep! I was still holding my phone up to my ear and waving at him. (He was not amused.) read more
We took some Jr. High kids to Joshua Tree to go hiking. It was an amazing day. The wild flowers were blooming, the rock formations were eye catching, and the growth of new vegetation among the burn areas were inspiring. read more
When I was growing up I loved to listen to the stories my grandparents would tell. My grandfather, Pampaw, lived in Point Barrow, Alaska, working for the United States Geological Survey mapping out the Alaskan territory. He and his new wife, my grandmother, also worked with the native Americans bringing education to remote areas in Alaska. We loved listening to their stories. Like when Pampaw helped lead the search and rescue team after the fatal crash of Will Rogers’ and Wiley Post’s plane. After many years, they moved to the lower 48 and continued working with the native Americans in Arizona. read more