Through Dark Valleys

Originally posted on dinkelislandsmalltalk:
? ? (Remembering Mary Ellen Townsend Harris, 1911-2016) The ancient psalmist wrote, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil:  for you are with me; your rod and your staff–they comfort me.”  (Psalm 23:4 NRSV) Paul’s death was the darkest valley Mary had been through.  Her grandma’s…

Seasons

This year in Texas our winter was very short. Some have commented we didn’t have one at all. I think of it as having a delightfully long Spring. Seasons in life aren’t always as we expect them to be either. As April fades to memory May ushers in a change of season again for me….

Riding the Wave

I don’t have time to find a picture this morning. I feel like I’m living life on a surf board trying to stay ahead of (or with?) the wave. I don’t know how surfing works but that is the mental image that comes to mind when I do an internal status check. Balance! That’s a…

Put the phone down.

I have let this device take over my life. It was an insidious coup. But today I am reclaiming my leadership in the territory.  I found a remarkable little feature, tucked quietly in the back corner of my settings menu, called “Downtime”. It allows me the ability to turn off the cacophony of notifications while…

Remembering

“When you’re dreaming with a broken heart the waking up is the hardest part. You roll out of bed and down  on your knees and for a moment you can hardly breathe…” John Mayer’s poignant song Dreaming With A Broken Heart came across my Pandora feed this afternoon.  The entire song brings back memories of…

Living Within/Believing Beyond

“Can’t you just get a solid, inexpensive used car?” That is a common response to my choice of not replacing my vehicle with another one. Going from driving to taking Uber is a paradigm shift…and it requires knowing how to use the clutch. It does help me live within my means more effectively, even as…

How To Get There From Here

January 1 starts with a bang…car crash totals my car while stopped at a traffic light on the way to church.  Happy New Year! I am grateful for the year of excellent service my, now totaled, 2016 Chevy Cruze provided!  My first new car I ever bought by myself wasn’t just transportation. It symbolized overcoming…

Building the Happy Muscles

Gee, I write a lot about what I see deficient or confounding.  Maybe not here but certainly in my journal. The things I give my energy to are the things that will grow stronger.  So why on earth am I doing that? As the Christmas Season becomes the focus of my retail workspace and I search…

A Good Morning

It is healthy to step away from our usual places from time to time, finding a place to retreat and exhale.  I breathe in a lot.  And I hold my breath waiting for the next shoe to drop.  I have been overdue for a change of setting. For the next two weeks I am house…

Going the Extra Mile

Originally posted on dinkelislandsmalltalk:
CP Mother of the Year (Remembering Mary Ellen Townsend Harris, 1911-2016) Mary and Hugh were challenged to go the extra mile when they got involved with a CP Parents group.  Here were people who wanted to create a center to provide schooling and physical therapy for their children.  They were actively exploring methods to…

Making Peace

On page 23 of the Aug/Sept 2015 issue of Weavings Catherine Cavanagh quotes Thich Nhat Hanh: “Our capacity to make peace with another person and with the world depends very much on our capacity to make peace with ourselves.  If we are at war with our parents, our family, our society, or our church, there is probably…