A $3.38 Spark of Light

I love books of all kinds.  Like many of you, I read quickly and am always on the hunt for new reads.  With our local libraries COVID-closed, I have downloaded library e-books, ordered paperbacks from Amazon, and searched my cupboards and closets for overlooked books.  However, I have a “rule” whenever I purchase books for…

Mike and the Gang

The first time I heard Father Greg Boyle preach at Chautauqua, I knew I was in the presence of someone who “walked the talk”, a man whose life was devoted to offering opportunities for a better life to Los Angeles gang members. He always brought a few former gang members with him who also told…

Stuck and Unstuck

With the continuing COVID restrictions many of my days have taken on a kind of sameness.  My daily routine includes gardening, cooking, cleaning, babysitting grandkids, exercising and the rest that comes with being at home.  It is easy to fall into the rut of routine and its accompanying feeling of little satisfaction.   Two weeks ago…

Puzzles

In an attempt to stay sane while waiting for the golf courses to open, John has driven himself crazy trying to assemble a 3,000-piece puzzle.  After weeks and weeks of effort, all that remains are the 500 pieces of blue sky.  The golf courses have now opened so the blue sky will remain scattered across…

The Privilege of Mentoring

Looking back, I can now see that I had mentors at pivotal points in my career.  In both cases these were older, more experienced women, well connected in the community.  These were never defined mentor-mentee relationships, rather they were based on a mutual recognition for what we could accomplish together.  Although this was in a…

The Crucible Moment

As this COVID-19 life continues, there is increasing fear arising from worries about possible economic collapse, about the way differing opinions are fracturing communities and about the effects of personal isolation and loneliness. This is a crucible moment.  This is a moment of significant trial brought about by all these elements in our lives.  Crucible…