"I had no idea how emotional existing in that “moment” would be. Everything I am was right there with me in that space. I was wrapped up in wondering whether or not I could keep going, if I coul...Read More
"For some inexplicable reason our culture expects that the elderly experience a different kind of grief. As if age makes the death of a spouse, and that loss of a sexual relationship, expected and the...Read More
ShareThis poem was written just a few days after my firstborn son was born and as my Grandma Stratton was slowly slipping away from mortality. Grandma had suffered a stroke that kept her bedridden and...Read More
Share I have been expecting a call to tell me of my Dad’s death for several years. The powerful, larger than life man who could swing me around in his arms when I was a child has given way to the fr...Read More
Let me pose this question to you: say I accept your assertion as truth, that my vote is "wasted" on a 3rd party candidate, are you as equally vehement that I should vote for the "other" candidate? Wil...Read More
ShareThis morning I came across this image: On this blog post: https://feminewbie.wordpress.com/2016/07/10/i-just-saw-this-picture-and-im-so-disturbed-because-its-me/ This was a moving and fascinatin...Read More
ShareI woke up early yesterday morning with the strangest question running through my head: how many people in the history of mankind have died in war? I began researching and what I found had me aski...Read More
"I knew when I went home that day that I wanted to be a writer. I knew that I wanted to be the one who wove the magic into the words and reached into another person's heart to touch it with emotion."...Read More
It's good to remember, when the "right now" looks impossible or insurmountable, that there have been better days and there will be better days, and I will get through them and still have these snapsho...Read More
I will do my part to defend the freedom I treasure because I know it is not enough to simply remember; I must act, I must do, I must serve so that the terrible price that you paid is not lost to negle...Read More
All things break.
It is the law of the earth that the grandest mountains eventually come to dust and the sweetest of dreams-come-true make their way to memories.
It is the law of Heaven that we ...Read More
Share This weekend I had the pleasure of watching the 185th semi-annual General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saint. I enjoyed all of General Conference, but I think th...Read More
Share I think this is probably one of the most concise speeches on what peace requires ever given. Peaceful does not mean weak, well-defended does not mean violent. Freedom absolutely DOES come at ...Read More
"...I close my eyes at journey’s end, and sit beneath the shade.
The heat of travel flows from my fingertips and toes to the soil beneath me,
The earth returns a cool stillness in trade.
I open m...Read More
I had forgotten Brother Tingey, his kindness, his generosity, his strength of spirit; Brother Tingey had forgotten himself, his wife, their life together, and his family; but there was someone who had...Read More
ShareNot Everyone is Educated: a Response to Nathan Biberdorf I have been pondering this post for well over a month now. I read this article here: http://nathanbiberdorf.wordpress.com/2014/06...Read More
"I can tell you beyond any doubt that God hears our prayers and He answers them. He doesn't take away our troubles, but He gives us joy in the midst of them. He doesn't make us comfortable, but He g...Read More
Share I have been pondering on Mother’s Day all week. I have been doing some reading on various blog posts, news sites, and Facebook profiles where men and women alike have bemoaned the holi...Read More
Share The summer I turned twenty-one I was invited to be a camper companion at Camp Quality. It was a wonderful program, built entirely around the goal of giving children who deal with chronic and/o...Read More
ShareDo you ever get to the end of your day, look back at the work you did, the work undone, and find yourself discouraged? It happens to me all the time. I heard a self-help success guru (I don’...Read More
ShareI so enjoyed listening to General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints last weekend. So many beautiful thoughts were shared, so many moments of inspiration and guidance...Read More
ShareA friend of ours was at the Clackamas Town Center Mall yesterday when a gunman opened fire on the holiday shoppers, killing two people and then taking his own life. She and her family are all saf...Read More