Mrs. Bentley’s Bowl

I was pretty much born in church. I was actually Baby Jesus in the Christmas nativity, and my young parents played Mary and Joseph. So, I grew up surrounded by church ladies who knew me from infancy. They were faithful friends to my grandmother, and I belonged to all of them. But Mrs. Bentley was different. She was quiet, and… View Post

Mindfully Resolving to Make 2018 a Beautiful Year

I’ve never been particularly fond of New Year’s resolutions. In the past, I felt like I was setting myself up for failure because it is highly unlikely that I will ever become thin and organized. In more recent years, my resolve was directed at simply surviving another year. But this time around, things are different. Having spent the past twelve… View Post

20 Years Ago, A Boy Who Loved Me Died on My Birthday

This is the time to remember ‘Cause it will not last forever These are the days to hold on to ‘Cause we won’t although we’ll want to…   Each afternoon when I gave Sonny a ride home from school, we would rewind the Billy Joel song over and over. “We’ll always hold onto these days, won’t we?” he laughingly asked. “Always!”… View Post

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