Blessing in Disguise

Blessing in Disguise

“You’re a blessing in disguise,” the elderly man assured me as he ran his hand across my collie’s back. Stan’s* voice cracked and he worked at squelching his tears. His struggle triggered my own tears, but I braced them inside with a bite of my lip. Pet therapy...
Stay in Your Own Lane

Stay in Your Own Lane

 Imagine you’re zooming along in your vehicle when out of nowhere another driver swerves into your lane. Instantly, you need to act! Keep going straight ahead. Steer away from the encroaching vehicle. Slam on your brakes. Accelerate and try to miss a collision. Or,...
Deny You’re an American??

Deny You’re an American??

What if you were asked to deny you are an American or someone who lives in America? That may sound strange to you, but it has happened to me. With the Fourth of July and celebrating America’s freedoms this holiday weekend, I thought I’d encourage us all not to take...

Your Bravery Bucket List

Bravery flourishes in summertime. What’s on your bravery bucket list for the next couple of months? Now that the planet is thawing from the global pandemic, I know there are some sizzlin’ adventures just waiting to break out in you. Are you packing now for that...
A Picture of Contentment

A Picture of Contentment

Some photos are truly a picture of contentment. This is one of them. Do you have a favorite photo that communicates contentment and tranquility? I snapped this photo of my dad and my college buddy, Angie, in June 2005. The three of us were out poking around on Dad’s...
We Can Make It

We Can Make It

For some people, stating “we can make it” is not just an empty rah-rah phrase. Gracia Burnham is one of these people. Twenty years ago on May 27, 2001, Martin and Gracia Burnham were celebrating their anniversary at a resort off Palawan Island, the...