The Big Picture

I grew up in a religious silo. I knew nothing about other denominations, what they believed, or how they worshiped. Indeed, when I was young, checking such things out was anathema. But that didn’t stop me. Tell me I can’t read a book, and that’s the first book I’ll...

A Writer’s Nightmare!

I If the blank page had teeth, it would bite me. Fortunately, I met a terrific group of writers here in Tennessee, and one gentleman captured writers’ block so well in his poem, A Writer’s Nightmare!, I asked if I could share his opus with you. R.L. McCullough...

On the Clock

I’m a member of an online Christian writers community called “Faith Writers.” https://www.faithwriters.com/ and I wrote this for one of its weekly writing challenges a while ago. I just discovered it again dozing in my document file and decided to share it with you....

Caregiving is Messy – So is Life

Caregiving sneaks up on you. One minute you’re just helping a parent, spouse, or grandparent — and who doesn’t do that? It’s our nature to help when we can. Women especially are prone to believe they must do everything that’s asked of them, but men also struggle with...

At-One-Ment

Teaching Medical Terminology for several years forever changed the way I look at words. Not only do I see the entire word, I see it in parts. Greek or Latin word roots, along with various suffixes and prefixes, compose medical terms. The word root tells us the part of...

Short, Sweet, and Life-Saving

  One in Eight Women May Get Breast Cancer We don’t need to settle for that statistic, ladies. And shame on oncologists who only advise chemo and radiation to treat cancer, and never mention preventative and other curative measures. It is a FACT (not...

Three Sad Words

  Usually, my “caregiving” blogs relate to caring for an ill or demented loved one. However, two recent experiences made me realize we are all hurting more than usual. The constant drumbeat of wars and their victims, of a paralyzed and hostile Congress, of a...

Horror or Grace?

Given 2023’s events, this may not have been the best year for our Bible study group to take on the Book of Revelation. We know Jesus will return any time, and given the tribulations described in Revelations, people have been predicting his arrival through wars,...

Why It’s So Hard being a Caregiver

When my friend, Debra Kostiw, Certified Master Dementia Strategist, asked me to join her in role playing for her educational series on dementia, I thought it would be one of those fun bucket list things. Since then, playing the part of a person suffering from dementia...

First You Gotta Cook it

I blog about healthy meals here, but there’s a catch. You need to know how to cook them.   No Help Here I had three months between graduation and my wedding day, and had never made a meal in my life. “Mom, are you going to teach me how to cook?”...