Sitting at the Water Store where I work two days a week for my brother; it’s almost eleven a.m. and no one has been in yet. The news is reporting that they killed the terrorist behind the Paris attacks. I guess that is a good thing. I don’t understand how killing anyone is a good … More The Dark Side
Proverbs, 1:7 – “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.” You know how young people honestly believe they know everything there is to know? Well, I have carried the seed of that arrogance well into middle age and beyond. I maintained, at least internally, a smug … More Beginning Proverbs
The mist is rising off the pond in the frosty morning air and the sky is a Maxfield Parish painting. It is Monday morning and the time I like best to jot down thoughts in my journal. It’s not just any Monday morning though – this is my first Monday morning as Mrs.Thomas Shindorf. I sit … More Wedding Gifts – Miracles and Blessings
It is not uncommon to see greatness in our elders. We see the courage it took to live lives filled with challenges, tragedy, disappointments, and losses. We see the wisdom gained from thousands of life lessons, each one contributing to the wealth of insight and understanding acquired in a lifetime. We see greatness in their … More My Mother, My Self
A friend recently reminded me that all self-defeating behaviors are of the ego. I have spent years trying to diminish most of those behaviors but there is always “more east to go”. I have seen narcissism in myself throughout my early years but it has gotten much more subtle through the past twenty five years … More Ego – yuk!
As the date approaches, when I will marry again, my thoughts turn to Archie and I try to “connect” to his essence. I want to know if he is OK with the fact that Tom and I are getting married. I need to know if it is alright to let go completely of the past. … More Lessons in Love
Surprise, surprise! I certainly didn’t think I was a racist or a bigot. I thought I was anything but! I’m nearly 70 years old and I have spent my life judging and condemning bigots and racists, many of whom have been family members. I saw myself as liberal, open minded, tolerant and accepting of all … More A long hard look in the mirror – again
2 Samuel 14:14 from the NLT: “All of us must die eventually. Our lives are like water spilled out on the ground, which cannot be gathered up again. But God does not just sweep life away; instead, he devises ways to bring us back when we have been separated from him.” I am not a … More Angels? Maybe . . .
What if the physical world; the universe, the stars and quarks and black holes; the earth with all its beauty, majesty, cruelty, splendor; mankind with all its inhumanity, violence, famine, injustice, love, vengeance, greed, compassion, forgiveness were not created by God. What if, all that we experience; see, feel, touch, taste, smell and imagine are … More Thoughts Outside The Box