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Walking through the blues.

Together In The Blues

Posted on November, 9th 2016 by Marie

[caption id="attachment_9126" align="aligncenter" width="1697"] Blues for the Common Good[/caption] When I stand in the audience at a good blues concert, divisions between people fade to the background. I don’t care if the person next to me is wearing nice clothes or not, is a Democrat or Republican, is of the same nationality, race, or faith, or whether ...

Attitude Adjustment Delivered By The Flu

Posted on January, 2nd 2016 by Marie

How having the flu  opened my eyes. Emerging from a stupor of flu-caused bedridden isolation in my bedroom, I walk into our local coffee shop for my morning cup of joe. This is the first time I venture outside for days, and I feel hyper sensitive. It is almost as if being sick was a ...

Merry Christmas

Posted on December, 25th 2015 by Marie

Yesterday at the Christmas Eve service at our church, our family was asked to reflect on a time in our lives when we have felt lost, yet felt the power of unconditional love in our lives. I want to share it with you. When there is so much suffering in the world, what can we do? ...

Four Personal Commitments to Combat Terrorism

Posted on November, 14th 2015 by Marie

[caption id="attachment_8584" align="alignnone" width="891"] Is there a way to combat violence?[/caption] Another horrific event – this time in Paris last night – rocked my nervous system. I heard about it just as I was coming off an airplane from a business trip to Europe, and my gut instinct was outrage and a profound sense of ...

Telling it like it is – On-and Offline – in Sickness and Health

Posted on October, 8th 2015 by Marie

I was scared out of my wits, when I first started writing updates about Walter’s journey to get a liver transplant. His body was failing a little more all the time. He was becoming physically, emotionally, and mentally unrecognizable, and both his and my emotions were all over the place. Everything was so uncertain. The ...

Living in the 10%

Posted on April, 10th 2015 by Marie

One year ago, Walter and I spent our first whole day at the Nebraska Medical Center.  He would undergo thorough testing for them to evaluate, if he could qualify for getting on the waiting list for a liver transplant there. We had left our home and our kids behind in Southern California. I was devastated ...

Kicking Ass

Posted on February, 10th 2015 by Marie

Three days ago, my world sank. It felt as if I ran right into a wall of darkness.   Walter had no appetite at breakfast, but went about his business. A few hours later, he came home from a run to Trader Joe’s looking really weak. He felt hot to the touch. Since he is ...

Houston, We No Longer Have A Problem!!!

Posted on January, 22nd 2015 by Marie

When a spaceship enters the atmosphere, the atmospheric drag creates friction heat on the moving vessel, converting vast amounts of kinetic energy into proportionally fiery amounts of thermal energy, slowing its movement down. It is a fiery show of mighty forces. I have felt on such a path of re-entry lately. It is glorious to ...

A Surprise Gift From Above

Posted on July, 12th 2013 by Marie

Today on my morning walk, a feather fell from the sky and landed vertically the grass right next to where I was walking. It came spiraling out of the sky and ended up with its end drilled into the grass, and thus inserting itself perfectly upright in the grass. As if someone in the sky ...

Judgment Daze

Posted on April, 10th 2013 by Marie

... So often we do this: We judge others! I certainly have thoughts on a regular basis that sound something like this: -"That guy looks so mean" -"She's so full of herself" - "I bet you are angry with me right now" We do it all the time: We tell each other and ourselves our stories - ...

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