Personal updates

Goodbye to the Orchard

They are felling the trees! After four years of enjoying the orchard in the back of my house, of watching the year-long dance of changing leaves and growing fruit, the owners of the orchard sold their property to a developer, and the trees are being bulldozed. The orchard will be gone, and houses will be… Continue reading Goodbye to the Orchard

Book Reviews, Personal updates

Beyond the Veil

Book Review -- Beyond The Veil, by Lee Nelson (Volumes 1, 2, and 3) This is a three volume set of books about near-death experiences and remarkable dreams, collected by Lee Nelson. Simply told in each person’s own words, the recorded experiences are from ordinary people from all walks of life, mostly from those of… Continue reading Beyond the Veil

Personal updates

Funeral for a Friend

One of my dear friends lost her son in a freeway accident this past week.  I will be attending his funeral next week.  Having seen my share of deaths and funerals, I know the heavy weight of grief she is experiencing right now.  When we go to someone’s funeral, how do we respond?  Do we… Continue reading Funeral for a Friend

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To a Friend

I recently read Salvation, by Anne Osterlund. I really enjoyed this book. The story was beautifully told and gave me a lot to think about. She deals sensitively with the hardships of being an immigrant family, loyalty, friendship, and the dream of having a better life, of being more and achieving more than those around… Continue reading To a Friend