“The person who is brutally honest enjoys the brutality quite as much as the honesty. Possibly more.” ~ Richard J. Needham.  Before we moved to Jamaica, we were advised of a few requirements.  Ladies should wear hats and gloves to church (this was in 1963). Parsons should wear a dog collar and robe (in the […]

“All the world is full of suffering.  It is also full of overcoming.”~Helen Keller. I grew up in a tradition of caring for others.  But more than that, we were taught to respect our common humanity, and recognize that all human beings deserve respect.  My parents were practicing Christians, and they lived their beliefs.  At one […]

“Everyone needs reminders that the fact of their being on this earth is important and that each life changes everything.”~ Marge Kennedy. A song has been playing in my mind this week, ever since I helped my grandson with his homework.  Did you know that in Finland (so I’ve been told), children have shorter school […]

“Faith minus vulnerability and mystery equals extremism. If you’ve got all the answers, then don’t call what you do ‘faith.’”~ Brene Brown. I could never handle being teased as a child. Maybe it was because I was the youngest, first of five, then later of six.  And of course, those who love to tease do […]

“When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor.  It is to enjoy each step along the way.” Wayne Dyer. One activity sure to generate creative ideas is to change your routine. Travel, for the writer, fills the mind with an abundance of images that provide fodder for […]

“All of me loves all of you…all your perfect imperfections.” ~John Legend. My daughter was a handful as a child.  Which is why she hates it when she sees me looking on with glee as her own daughter gives her all kind of attitude.  It is the special curse a mother wishes on her kids, […]

“Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it.”~ Hannah Arendt.  When your father is a minister you grow up seeing him as a man of authority, commanding space, making pronouncements.  More than the average father, his word carries weight.  People defer to him.  Teachers used to hold that kind of space too, traditionally in […]