A Strong Antidote For Disappointment – Thanksgiving

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.”  ― Epicurus Thanksgiving served as our extended maternal family’s reunion gathering as a child.  We usually went to the farm where all the traditional comfort food converged from a eight […]

Honoring A Courageous And Loyal Veteran

“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 Today we are honoring those who have served in protection of our freedoms.  The freedom to choose our leaders, […]

How Rescuing Lost Stories Is A Sacred Rite

“and so it is with God, this is the place where faith comes in.  Knowing something is right but not knowing just how it fits together or even maybe even why.”  …from The Writings of HANCOCK , Error & Faith There is a sacred rite among Native American people to have a member of the […]

Three Ways Stories Empower And Strengthen

Stories Empower And Strengthen:  “What power can poverty have over a home where loving hearts are beating with a consciousness of untold riches of the head and heart?”  – Orison Swett Marden Stories are everywhere.  The earliest records of mankind come in the form of story.  Whether you draw from the Genesis narrative, Egyptian hieroglyphs or […]

How To Keep This Summer Special

Summer is very precious.     Dylan Lauren       The summer of 2020 is almost over.  I doubt it was typical for anyone anywhere in the world.  Wearing masks, sanitizing anything and anyone entering our space, shutdowns, job losses, and schools, what is going to happen with our schools?  All of these questions, […]

Old Drawers And An Honest Inherited Tendency

Heredity is the law through which the individual receives from his parents by birth his chief vital forces and tendencies, his physical and spiritual capital. AMORY HOWE BRADFORD, Heredity and Christian Problems Old drawers, or more exactly, drawers that are no longer useful as drawers but remain in tact, call to me.  If you have read […]

A Time Tested Lesson In Processing Loss And Grief

“Trials make you strong. Failure makes you humble. Challenges make you strive. Life keeps you going and growing” ― Kemi Sogunle, Beyond the Pain by Kemi Sogunle Over the past months, the world, literally, has been in a state of shock.  This pandemic, this silent thief, has us all dealing with loss at many levels.  The loss: […]

A Father’s Day Tribute – Saying Adieu To Daddy Joe

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. – Anne Sexton My father passed on in 2000 after battling cancer.  When He died, my father-in-law, Retired Major Joseph F. Cullen,  very sweetly said that he would be willing to fill in as “dad”.  It meant a lot to me, […]

Rescue Your Unique Family Stories – They Matter

“It’s important to teach our children their heritage. Who are your ancestors? What were their traditions? Each of us has a (unique family) story to tell. If these stories are unwritten, then how are your children going to know of their parentage?” ― Linda Weaver Clarke This time a couple of years ago, I was preparing […]