The Practice of Forgiveness

  Forgiveness – such a noble concept, yet it can be so elusive in our human existence. Why is the practice of forgiveness so hard? Approximately 6 weeks ago, I felt like I was punched in the gut when I was on the receiving end of what I perceived as sarcasm, and hurtful words by… Read More

A Christmas Letter

  I started to write this post on the eve of the Winter Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and now we are just a day before the celebration of Christmas. A time of reflection and a time of renewal as we look forward to the beginning of a New Year. I have been contemplating writing… Read More

Another Grief Camp

Another camp. Another group of families who are sharing the rawness of their grief with total strangers. Friday evening always tenuous. Will they show up? Will they stay? Will they engage, or will they walk away? Saturday brings tentativeness, as we gather in our first large circle – the names are spoken out loud and… Read More

Exploring for the Deeper Meanings

This past week ended up to be an eventful one for our family. My mother who is ninety-two years old had not been feeling well for the past couple of weeks. We noticed that she was gaining weight in her abdominal area and she was napping a lot more than usual. I took her to see… Read More

Living With Hope

This morning’s energy around our home was feeling totally crazy with our little Hope-puppy, who was flying from room to room, grabbing whatever she could with her mouth. She was ready to play hard and fast,  and it was absolute chaos because she was not listening, in total puppy ADHD mode. I have to admit, I lost… Read More

Grieving with Grace and Letting Hope in

It has been five weeks since my last post, which is unusual for me. I try to keep up with my posts every two to three weeks, but the days of the weeks, and the dates on the calendar, have been a bit of a blur this past month. Tomorrow it will be one month… Read More

From Death & Dying to Living a Life With Grace

As I mentioned in my previous blog post about a month ago, I shared that our pup Gracee, was diagnosed with metastatic cancer throughout her lymph nodes. The prognosis was poor from the beginning, when the veterinarian at the University of Minnesota Veterinary Clinic called me to tell me the biopsy results… approximately four weeks… Read More

Death & Dying with Grace(e)

The week before Christmas, our younger dog, Gracee (the white and brown one above), had an upset stomach a couple of times. For those of you who are dog owners, it is not unusual for a dog to get an upset stomach once in awhile, so we did not think too much of it. Then… Read More

The Spirit of ’76

Last evening, I had the honor of being a presenter at my 40th high school class reunion. The attendance was phenomenal for our small graduating class from 1976. The energy filled the event room as soon as people starting coming through the door as they recognized old friends and classmates. I joked during my presentation… Read More

Healing Ourselves Through Others

August has been a month of some incredible opportunities for me to witness the power of healing sad hearts and physical issues, by being in the company of other people who were willing to hold the space of love and comfort for others. Earlier this month, I went to Montana with a girlfriend to meet up with… Read More