Laying Our Loved Ones To Rest With Honor And Dignity

“The first night in Morotai, the Japanese sent over a bomber on the north end of the island.  The next day we went out and dug a deeper foxhole.”  – Lt. Joseph F. Cullen, Personal Diary My husband went to rent a car for a trip to the west coast.  The occasion:  A memorial service […]

The Writings of HANCOCK – A Private World

“when the inner garden is under cultivation and God’s Spirit is present, harvests are regular events. The fruits? Things like courage, hope, love, endurance, joy, and lots of peace.” ― Gordon MacDonald, Ordering Your Private World I self-published a book through Amazon in 2015.   The book was compiled in 2000 a few months after my father died. […]

Five Musts When You Go To War In Order To Fight From Victory

“Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:”  ‭‭Psalms‬ ‭144:1‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “Nancy, I am sorry to tell you that the biopsy indicates cancer. I have made an appointment for you to meet with a surgeon next week.” It was not news I wanted anytime, but particularly […]

How To Define Adventure Elements of A Journey Road Map

All you need is the plan, the road map, and the courage to press on to your destination. – Earl Nightingale Every journey needs a road map.  I am resuming work on a book (I have several underway), that I began when I received a diagnosis of breast cancer.  After an initial burst of content […]

How Troubles Can Be Transformed Into Testimony – Armed By Joy

“He knows how to take your troubles and turn them into trophies, how to take the test and make it your testimony.” ~ Joel Osteen Troubles are a staple of life on this earth.  Some folks seem to thrive on looking for it, while others simply expect it on a daily basis. Most times those […]

How DNA, Curiosity, Speculation And Imagination Become Brilliant Allies

“Closing my eyes to connect to my roots. I sense the wisdom of my ancestors and my grandmother smiles.” ―The Gossamer Path “Understanding your heritage, your roots, and your ancestry is an important part of carving out your future.” A few years ago, my spouse and I had our DNA tested simply out of curiosity.  […]

Three Reasons Why Roots And Wings Are Required In Destiny

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe  Knowing our roots is only half of what is needed to understand destiny.  Both roots and wings are needed to ground us and take us beyond where we came from. […]

When The Waters Divide To Reveal Your Story – Step Two

A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin, and culture is like a tree without roots. – Marcus Garvey We are walking through the basic steps to reveal your story.  I began in a previous BLOG with step one: write down what you know. Using, as an example, a side of my family […]

One Essential Celebration On Which History Pivots

Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are the Easter people and hallelujah is our song. Pope John Paul II The resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The one essential celebration in history that brings out chocolate bunnies, colored eggs, and marshmallow peeps.  I like chocolate and joyously display wonderfully painted eggs and decorations we acquired during […]