What If . . . ?

What if? What if is a common question that drifts through our minds. And sometimes get stuck there. What if I lived in the 1800s? What if I chose to marry him? What if I majored in English instead of journalism? Fifteen years ago this spring, I sat in a coffee shop...
How to Survive Anything

How to Survive Anything

Just how does someone survive anything? Really? Not long ago I talked with a woman who truly exudes a lighter heart in tough times. You’ll find her story real and remarkable. Katherine is the kind of woman we could sit down with for coffee and suddenly discover we’ve...
Two Beautiful Minds

Two Beautiful Minds

I know two older women with beautiful minds. My neighbor, Ilse, has a beautiful mind, it just doesn’t always cooperate as she’d like. Dementia has a way of muddling the brain’s communication pathways, leaving a person drifting in and out of a mental fog. Dementia is...
Life After the Unthinkable

Life After the Unthinkable

We all have a story to tell. Even if we think we don’t. I am honored to tell this bending story of a much-loved librarian who survived and thrived after the unthinkable slammed into her life. Some people love books and are voracious readers. Lois Wagner was one of...
Impossible! It Can’t Be Done

Impossible! It Can’t Be Done

“Impossible! It can’t be done!” Those words draw more than a line in the sand. To some, “impossible” and “can’t be done” are fighting words. Words to say, “Oh, yeah? Dare me!” Or, as some boldly declare these days, “Here, hold my beer.” No Human Being Could Have As...
Bending to the Point of Breaking?

Bending to the Point of Breaking?

Every so often you meet or hear about a person who is beyond remarkable. Someone has endured bending to the point of breaking. Literally. One of these people is Dr. Vinh Chung. I am honored to share his story with you here. I know you’ll be encouraged by Dr. Chung’s...