Category Archives: Relationships

Marriage: Then and Now

This gallery contains 3 photos.

If you’ve been married for more than twenty or twenty-five years, what would your current self say to your newlywed self about marriage? Dan and I have been married for thirty six years, and I’m asking myself the following questions: … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , | 7 Comments

Stand Up and Pray a Desperate Prayer

This gallery contains 1 photo.

Have you ever felt powerless enough to pray a desperate prayer?  There are situations that are completely beyond my power or capacity to solve.  When I had cancer I had good medical care, but in the end I could only pray.  I prayed similarly when I … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

Give the Gift of Relationship this Christmas

This gallery contains 4 photos.

Are you wondering what to give your loved ones (who don’t need anything) for Christmas?  I have an idea for you! Invest in your relationships this Christmas. Christmas gift giving in my extended family has morphed from all of us exchanging gifts with each other (very fun … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 8 Comments

My New Approach to Personal Growth Inspired by a Two-Year-Old

This gallery contains 3 photos.

I’m still pondering the pursuit and practice of balance during this first week in January.  Spiritual equilibrium was the subject of my last post, but the management of input and output in pursuit of growth extends to our personal, emotional and creative lives as … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 11 Comments

Childhood, Adolescence, Adulthood, and a Mid-life Crisis: A Guide to Reading the Bible

This gallery contains 4 photos.

Do you ever struggle to understand  individual books, chapters or verses of the Bible? Most of us do.  The sixty-six books of the Bible were written over roughly 1500 years by many different authors in three ancient languages, and the books … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 15 Comments

Essential U-Turns

This gallery contains 8 photos.

Our girlfriend reunion in Seattle was fantastic. We spent our days enjoying the sights of Seattle and its surroundings, shopping, taking in beautiful landscapes and seascapes, eating out and cooking in, but mostly just happy to be doing it all together. Perfect. Well, … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , | 16 Comments

Launching, Living and Landing

This gallery contains 3 photos.

Some days I feel like I’m living in a transportation hub, like an airport, with family members in various life stages launching and landing all around me. When I travel (literally, not metaphorically), I board a plane at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport.  It is a busy … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Is Love Contagious?

This gallery contains 3 photos.

Is love contagious?  Can trust be transmitted to others? Paul J. Zak, author of the forthcoming book The Moral Molecule, documents a connection between demonstrations of love and trust and levels of the hormone oxytocin.  He says in a recent Wall Street Journal article describing … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

The Stuff of Life

This gallery contains 2 photos.

Have you ever looked up the word “stuff” in a dictionary?  It’s quite entertaining.  The Merriam-Webster Dictionary includes the following definitions, among others, of that which is by definition general and undefined:  materials, supplies, or equipment used in various activities  an unspecified material substance or aggregate … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , , | 12 Comments

Make Wisdom your Friend

This gallery contains 1 photo.

The book of Proverbs describes two ways of living, wise and foolish, and occasionally personifies them as women both calling out for our attention.  Wisdom says, “Let all who are simple come in here!”  (Proverbs 9:4).  Twelve verses later, Folly says, “Let … Continue reading

Gallery | Tagged , , , , | 4 Comments