Originally published April 23, 2016. “An ocean lies between what is said and what is done.” Italian proverb Sometimes that ocean is between a rock and a hard place. NEWS BULLETIN ISTANBUL: “Hundreds of sheep followed their leader off a cliff in eastern Turkey, plunging to their deaths this week while shepherds looked on in dismay. Four hundred sheep fell 15 metres to their deaths … Continue reading Beyond a Rock and a Hard Place
Never weather-beaten sail more willing bent to shore, Never tired pilgrim’s limbs affected slumber more, Than my wearied sprite now longs to fly out of my troubled breast: O come quickly, sweetest Lord, and take my soul to rest! Ever blooming are the joys of heaven’s high Paradise, Cold age deafs not there our ears nor vapour dims our eyes: Glory there the sun … Continue reading A Resurrection from a Flatline
I wonder sometimes what kind of friend I am. Will I show up when it really counts? What effort am I really ready to make to sustain a friendship? Am I just a fair weather friend? Then I came upon this story. Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an … Continue reading Why Is Encouragement So Powerful?
Our mothers often are the ones who teach us to guard the access to our souls. My mother was born in the early part of the last century. She, like many in her generation, was a distant parent, not overly demonstrative in expressing emotion. Mom was loving, compassionate and protective, but not familiar. She was raised in hard times and was a natural isolate. She … Continue reading Living As a Solitary Soul