For the last ten days I’ve been really sick. I didn’t know what was wrong. I figured some sort of gastroenteritis. I lost 10 pounds. I felt weak and got winded walking up a flight of stairs. I couldn’t eat anything for the first five days and when I did it was something white – toast, crackers, conghee, plain yogurt. … Read More
A couple of years ago, one of my sisters was complaining about her job situation. She had been doing temporary projects for a firm in town. They would place her on a job for a few months and then when the job completed, she’d need to find another one. She had an opportunity for a permanent, full-time position with a … Read More
This coming Sunday is Father’s Day. My dad died in October 2006 from complications of Alzheimer’s. He was very influential in my life. We spent a lot of time together and he was immensely supportive of everything I did. He came to as many of my sporting events as he could, always embarrassing me with the loudest cheers. He taught … Read More
I am witnessing the demise of my mother. My mother is 84 years old and in moderate health. She is slightly overweight, 30 pounds or so, with high blood pressure. Her mind is fairly sharp though, especially considering her age. She enjoys reading and traveling and doesn’t appear as old as her age suggests. Yet, I can see she is … Read More
I have received an orchard full of lemons this year. It’s really been one thing after another. As I was thinking through everything that’s happened, I realized most of it isn’t directly happening to me. It’s felt like it was happening to me because I’ve had to step in and help my family. Things have been stressful and there have … Read More
“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results,” said Albert Einstein. Have you seen that quote? I’m sure you have, as it’s very popular. I’ve seen it a million times and have always loved it. I felt empowered and energized by it. It has inspired me to try to do things differently. Today however, it has left a sour taste in my mouth. Today as I read it, I’m thinking of my mother.