(adapted from a piece I wrote for our church newsletter) Earlier this month, my family and I went to a local Christmas tree farm to get our pictures taken. I felt a swirl of emotions. In my experience, trauma (in my case, cancer and its ongoing treatment) and grief (in my case, over the loss … Continue reading The Longest Night: grief at Christmastime
Twenty-four hours! That’s what we have left (after we get up in the morning) in this colossal, crowded, chaotic, creative city. We’ve loved our little perch in Trastevere. From our terrace, we have a nearly 360 view of the city – we can see St. Peter’s to the north, the top of the Vittorio Emmanuel … Continue reading 24 Hours Left in Rome
(Hello from Siena!) We were all really sad to leave Florence yesterday. Really sad. As in, I cried. As in, I made a wee video on our last night, to post to this blog, and then I decided I couldn’t post it because I sounded so sad! So you get this still shot from the … Continue reading Salve da Siena!
This fierce, feisty, fun, fabulous woman is beloved church member Helen Louise. She died yesterday morning, peacefully and surrounded by family, after a long and difficult illness. She was a retired American Baptist pastor married to Dick (also a retired American Baptist pastor) for just shy of 60 years. She was a mother and a … Continue reading Grace and Peace
By nature, I’m a pretty happy, optimistic person. I don’t have trouble seeing the bright side of things. But the last few years of my life have involved a staggering amount of trauma and loss. These days, no matter what happy things are happening in my life, the hard, sad things can cast a rather … Continue reading Learning to see light and shadow