Learning to see light and shadow

9 thoughts on “Learning to see light and shadow”

    1. You do not know me but I feel compelled to write you. I live in Col Ga and I learned about you and your health problems by reading your father’s column in the newspaper. My father died on 11-20-19 and is buried not far from your parents . I visit him many times and each time I do ,I also pay my respects to your parents. My mother is still alive and I live with her..about 20 years ago she got the same cancer as you. It was a life changing time in our lives but thru the grace of god we made it thru! She is now 88 years old and still doing well! I follow you and your story and pray for you and your family…you are so very strong… I am not! I am an only child (67 Years old) and have no other close family. I signed up to follow you and your family on your trip ..have a great time! I will live the adventures thru you!!!! Be strong…God is always by your side!!!!!!! Evelyn

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      1. Evelyn, wow!! Thank you so very much for your very kind words! I am so touched by this, and so grateful. Thank you for visiting my parents’ graves!! And thank you especially for your prayers! And thank you for sharing your mother’s story with me – wow! Fantastic. I really appreciate your taking the time to write.


  1. I love hearing about how you are using art to help with the difficult times! I traveled to Japan for the first time 6 weeks after my father died suddenly, and the quiet of old & less popular gardens really helped.

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  2. Your comments are so insightful, Stacey. While my mother still lives (and I am her primary caregiver), I lost my father nearly 5 years ago. Since his death, I’ve often considered that once both parents are gone from me in this life, I will likely feel orphaned by the loss. Daddy died the day before my birthday in 2014, so that year, my birthday was spent arranging for his cremation and meeting with ministerial staff to detail his memorial service–not the happiest ways to experience a birthday, an otherwise joyful day for me. But as you so aptly note, time does dull the sharp edges of grief, leaving you with loss that becomes bearable. Peace.

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  3. I took comfort in the fact that drawing is a learned art. All my animals and people are always stick figures. The idea that drawing is just as much seeing, or more, than what the hands do, resonates deeply. Awareness is so crucial to all layers of life.

    And while I preach a fair bit about awareness (and even call our time of confession a prayer of awareness) sometimes that awareness comes slowly. As I was talking with my spiritual director yesterday, I fully became aware of how a traumatic event in my life almost thirty years has changed how I process those times in our lives when the outcome is unknown.

    Thanks for writing during your sabbatical time.

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  4. It’s really fun to get to see your painting and drawing, and to hear your reflections on the process. I love watercolors, both working with them, and enjoying the medium in general. I’ve never pursued the visual arts seriously, but I continue to enjoy pursuing them frivolously! There’s something so satisfying about making/shaping/imprinting with hands. Makes “sense,” I guess.

    It was actually especially cool to get to see your first painting before I knew it was yours, so I could enjoy and admire it prior to any happy associations with a friend (and after!) I look forward to seeing/hearing more!

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