Hope for the Sleep-Deprived

Hope for the Sleep-Deprived

How you sleeping these days? Has the world’s restless state left you sleep-deprived? COVID outbreaks. Riot upsurges. China-U.S. wranglings. Stock market yo-yoing. I might have a restful cure for you. A few years ago while on vacation in the central mountains of...
First Jobs’ Grit and Gratitude

First Jobs’ Grit and Gratitude

What was your first job? You know, that initial labor you invested in exchange for real money. Babysitting? Waiting tables? Flipping fast-food burgers? Recently, Parade magazine ran a cover story on first jobs for the rich and famous. Jennifer Aniston cut hair for $10...
The Sure Way Out of a Hole

The Sure Way Out of a Hole

American business magnate Warren Buffet shares some profound advice about how to get unstuck in life: “The most important thing to do if you find yourself in a hole is to stop digging.” Stop digging? But doesn’t a little extra muscle help lift you out of your...
U-S-A! U-S-A! No Place Like Home

U-S-A! U-S-A! No Place Like Home

U-S-A! U-S-A! In spite of the struggles of our nation, the three letters, U-S-A still evoke a deep sense of pride and belonging for many of us. This 4th of July weekend as we perhaps adjust our holiday plans because of COVID-19, we can still celebrate our beloved...
The Fight Left Inside You

The Fight Left Inside You

Some pressures and problems cave in our weeks more than others. The cares of this week left me feeling as if I have little fight left in me. Surprisingly, fighting words pocked up a few days. I won’t drag you into the drama that started with a stranger at the park...
Blooming from Our Messes

Blooming from Our Messes

Blooming from our messses does not happen in an instant. You know that life gets messy sometimes. And sometimes we’re a mess. I think you can relate to circumstances spinning out of grasp, leaving us jumbled and frustrated. Some days we’re just muddling through, just...

Whatcha Planting?

I got my start in gardening and loving the outdoors at a young age. “Whatcha planting?” had to be some of my first words. In this photo, I’m four and half years old and dragging a rake in the yet-to-be planted garden behind our house. (The photo angle makes me look...
A Better Tomorrow

A Better Tomorrow

Walter knows how to focus on a better tomorrow. He doesn’t mince words. Never did really. Especially not at the mention of the Nazis. In August 1944, these German henchmen herded Walter’s family along with nearly one hundred fifty other Polish Jews into a...