Surrounded by Fire: Step One

Surrounded by Fire: Step One

I stopped watching the news last weekend. In emotional overload, I felt helpless, paralyzed. How could I, a peace-loving person, stop the riots? Stop cities from burning? What has happened to my country? To my city?  How can gentle souls overpower mob rule? I woke...
Whistling in the Dark

Whistling in the Dark

Dear READERS: I published the following article earlier this week, but used the wrong idiom! This is what happens if I get too sure of myself and word meanings. My sister, who is deaf, has made it a lifelong habit to look up words and phrases to make sure she...
Silver Lining Update #2: A Poem by Karen deBlieck

Silver Lining Update #2: A Poem by Karen deBlieck

As so many of us endeavor to build each other up, cheer each other on, and learn some lessons God may be teaching us, I want to do my part by sharing the blessings that enter my life each day in this world of pandemic. Karen deBlieck is one of my critique partners and...
Silver Lining Update

Silver Lining Update

Last week I shared with you some of the little (and big) things that people are doing to help people while we all practice social distancing. Readers commented, sent emails, and chatted with me on the phone. So here is a list of what has been shared so far. Maybe...
The Silver Lining in The Worldwide Cloud of Pandemic

The Silver Lining in The Worldwide Cloud of Pandemic

Many of you can remember the days after Nine-Eleven. Americans had a common enemy and they stood shoulder to shoulder in opposition to anyone who had tried to harm them. Some pictures in the news at that time have remained in my memory ever since. Ash-covered New...
And They Lived Happily Ever After

And They Lived Happily Ever After

When I was a little girl, my favorite stories were all those romantic fairytales produced by Walt Disney. Cinderella goes to the ball in a beautiful gown and falls in love with the prince. After dealing with the mean stepmother, they live happily ever after. Snow...

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