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I Can See Clearly Now

I am a stickler for keeping my calendar, always keep my appointments or reschedule when needed. My medical appointments and my health are very important to me, so I always keep my annual check-ups. For decades now, the doctor has said, “Debby, as we “mature” our...

80 Years Ago

On June 6 of this year, the world commemorated the 80th anniversary of the D-DAY Landings in 1944. Allied forces stormed the coast of France and changed the course of history. More than 130,000 troops — mostly from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada — landed...

A Very Real and Growing Problem

With so many “breaking” news reports these days, I almost missed a news report about Grayson Murray, a handsome, young, up-and-coming PGA golf pro who had an amazing life ahead of him. So what was reported?Grayson, just 30 years old, had won two tournaments on the PGA...

Forget About It!

Mother Teresa once said, “If we want to love, we must learn how to forgive.”  I grew up hearing, “Just forgive and forget!”  Whoever said it made it sound so easy. Forgiveness is near impossible to do in our own strength, and forgetting is even harder. The...

Making Amends

Webster’s dictionary defines “amends” as “to do something to correct a mistake that one has made or a bad situation that one has caused.”  Every human being at some point will be faced with making amends to someone. I certainly have. Making amends is different...

What Money Can’t Buy

When the Titanic sank in 1912, it carried millionaire John Jacob Astor IV. The money in his bank account was enough to build 30 Titanics.  He was worth roughly $87 million (equal to $2.75 billion today) when he died. When faced with mortal danger, he chose to...

The Dash In Between

Since time began, every human on the face of the earth began with a start date (birth) and an end date (death).  What shows up in between is a dash … standing for the life between the start and finish.  We see the dash in obituaries and on grave markers all...

In His Image

I look forward to Easter every year. It’s a time of new beginnings.  As a child, I was excited about the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, lots of candy, and my new Easter clothes.  Then as I grew older, my faith matured, and I became intrigued how my...

CUNNING, BAFFLING AND POWERFUL

My husband and I are founders of a ministry that advocates for mental health, recovery from addiction, ministering to the incarcerated and the homeless.  Many ask why we focus on mental health. Well, if you turn on the news or listen to the radio at any...

Hope in the Midst of Darkness

Alexei Navalny’s recent death has been widely publicized in the news. He was an activist combatting corruption in the Russian government. Media reports that Vladimir Putin likely played a role in his death. What intrigued me about Navalny is that his final years...

The Best Strategy

Today I’m ready to watch the 58th Super Bowl battle (Kansas City v. San Francisco). I’ve watched football my whole life.  Sadly, what I know about the game could (maybe) fill a thimble. I say I watch the game, but what I really do is watch the Super Bowl...

My Little Prodigal

We got a Great Pyrenees puppy in June.  Solid white, fluffy fur, and big black eyes — he’s cute (and he knows it).  We call him Snowball. Now that he’s eight months old, he’s entered his teenage years and everything looks good on the other side of the...