Happiness is…

  Happiness is free. James (Feb. 17) adds, “Help yourself to as much as you want.”

AN IRISH MOTHERS’ DAY TRIBUTE TO MONA

In Ireland, Mothers’ Day occurs in March and I still think of my mother then. Mona’s quiet, gentle demeanor drew many. How well I recall my young days living at home and coming in late from local dances, way past curfew. She would leave a plate of Jacobs cream crackers and a glass of milk […]

Fear paralyzes

  Fear paralyzes. James (Jan. ‘17) expands, “It may be difficult to take action when uncertainty prevails.”

BOOK CLUBS FOR INMATES

  Reading a newspaper article about prison book clubs, I was interested immediately and decided to volunteer with Book Clubs For Inmates (BCFI). With others, several months later I started a book club in an Aboriginal Healing Village, a minimum security prison for men operated by the Canadian correctional service. It works closely with local […]

PART II GYPSY

Previously: Author Linda recalled her childhood “gypsy” friends and the prejudice shown them by family, school kids and neighbors. No matter how kind the neighborhood gypsies were to me, my mother routinely disparaged them and other races, using the infamous “N” word for some and pronouncing the race of a person as a curse as […]

Balance

  Balance needs two sides. James (Dec. ‘16) says, “Without two sides, a fall will occur.”

A TIDBIT FROM MY INDIA VISIT

  This photo was taken in Varanasi –a city on the Ganges River that is one of the seven sacred spots for Hindus. It is a pilgrimage destination. It is considered auspicious to bathe in “Mother” Ganges there. If one is fortunate enough to die in Varanasi, after cremation at the city’s burning ghats (steps […]

GYPSY

(Part I of II) I eased into the seat of Colleen’s grandmother’s car. She drove us home from elementary school. I was in the later grades and about 10- years-old. My best friend, Colleen, was also in the car and I clearly recall her three-years-younger sister was with us, too. Florence was a feisty little […]

MANOS DE JESUS (Hands of Jesus) MISSION TRIP TO GUATEMALA

Conclusion One of my favorite things was talking to some of the Guatemalan employees. Because I was no youngster, they let me ride in the cab of the truck instead bouncing around the truck bed.  I got to talk to two different truck drivers.  One spoke pretty good English.  His name was Samuel.  We talked […]

I REMEMBER….

I remember singing “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”at our church’s Christmas program. I had not planned to as I’m not a singer. My 5-year-old daughter, Jenny, had been rehearsed and coached by her Aunt Suki, who is a talented singer. On the night of the program, I dressed her in red and white striped […]