Tag: healing

  • From the Porch

    From the Porch

    I called my friend Ray this morning. I've never actually met Ray. I only know what he looks like from the Christmas cards he's shared over the years. Ray and his wife Kathi live in Wisconsin. On the day of Wisconsin's primary I was thinking[..]
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  • Touch in the Era of Pandemic

    Touch in the Era of Pandemic

    Friday the 13th marks the first 24 hours I have gone without a fever over the past week. If you have been following the recent blog posts you know by now that I came down sick last Saturday, went to Urgent Care on Sunday, called[..]
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  • If Wishes Were Horses…

    If Wishes Were Horses…

    There are times when grief feels selfish. Today for instance, on the seventh anniversary of my mother's passing. It feels like an act of selfishness to even admit that I associate the holidays with her death, and that such an association leaves me feeling conflicted.[..]
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  • The Glory of Transformation

    The Glory of Transformation

    Bean has been at our place for the past several days while his momma and Pa hike the Wallowa Mountains. This is an annual thing with Pa and his girls, this hiking into the high lakes of the Wallowas. Much to my life-long regret, my[..]
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  • The Children Who Heal Us

    The Children Who Heal Us

    Last night I started randomly receiving a series of text messages from daughter Ashley. At first, I thought she was sending me silly things my grandsons say. Just recently she sent me a note saying that Sullivan had asked if she could go get his[..]
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  • Not Quite Finster

    Not Quite Finster

      There we were, just taking the scenic route, over White Pass, through the Wenatchee Forest, when we came upon the unexpected. There are times when I find whimsy in the unexpected and nonsensical. This wasn't one of those times. "STOP!" I say to the[..]
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  • Death without a Funeral

    Death without a Funeral

      This was going to be the blog post in which I announced that daughter Konnie and her husband are expecting wee ones. I had it all written in my mind. I was going to share with you how long a struggle this has been[..]
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  • How do you build community?

    How do you build community?

    It’s Miz Shelby here again. Today’s the day I head out on the adventure with World Vision, and I am looking forward to bringing you all along.   Last night, after an 80+ degree late summer day, which I spent mainly indoors packing, I decided to go to[..]
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  • Bent Over Ourselves

    Bent Over Ourselves

    I’ve been reading Mary Karr’s memoir Lit – her struggle through alcoholism and depression and getting sober and finding something to believe in. In reading her story, I’ve been stuck by how universal the feelings of inadequacy she experiences are. I know I often feel like the bystander[..]
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