Several years ago, I had a wonderful conversation with an interesting man named Bill Grimke-Drayton. Bill, who now lives in the UK, is connecting with family from the So. Carolina area. While his birth family were slave owners, he desires to connect with family members related to the slave owners as well as the slaves.… Continue reading Are the Doors of the Church Really Open?
“I’m offended!” “You've offended me!” “That’s offensive!” No matter how we say it, I don’t think it captures what’s really going on. Offense is a personal thing. Some claim it after feeling individually attacked. Others allege its occurrence hoping to retreat from a difficult conversation as they point a finger at someone for saying something… Continue reading So, You Take Offense? But How Far Though?
Ever heard of the term, Lazy Dater? I’m sure I’m not the first person to come up with the expression. For sure, I’m not the first to recognize the characteristics that distinguish this type of relationship. But in case you are not familiar with the phrase, I will attempt to explain the four common Lazy… Continue reading Are You a Lazy Dater?
When I think of my rebirth experiences, I tend to place them in two categories. I think of the times rebirth looked more like being replanted and I had to start over in new surroundings. The other rebirth experiences felt more like being relaunched in a new direction... like discovering who I am today as… Continue reading Rebirth: Here We Grow Again
After we both lamented about the occasional aches and pains we experience, Ruth* recalled being asked once if she regretted not taking better care of herself when she was younger. She then said she didn’t know how to answer that question given, “It is what it is.” During the past three or four years I… Continue reading It is What It Is: But Does It Have to Be?
Two things that are true about me: I feel my calmest when I am near a body of water or looking out at mountains or flower covered canyons; and I enjoy words. I recall a time when I lived in Indiana, that I spent hours looking for some moving water. I eventually found myself in… Continue reading Words and Nature – Earth Day, 2021