Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves - regret for the past and fear of the future. - Fulton Oursler The only way out is through. - Various If you only do what you can do, you will never be more than you are now. - Master Shifu (Kung Fu Panda) Well done is … Continue reading Inspiration from others, 1
As parents, we go through stages with our children that depend both on where they are in their development, and on where we stand with our own levels of patience, emotion, and energy. How much we love our children is the unshakeable foundation that brings us back, even after we’ve already threatened to disown the … Continue reading Ode to Nacho
"Perdóneme señorita, pero le puedo hacer una pregunta?" Excuse me miss, but may I ask you a question? I was in line at a little bakery just around the corner from the church, waiting to pay for my coffee and croissant. It's a tiny place, but it is the only one in the neighborhood that … Continue reading Leaping
I am not sure when it was exactly that my dad decided his time on earth was up, but long before his body grew tired, and even longer before his mind hinted at exhaustion, he made the decision that he had done enough. Maybe it was when he turned 55. His own father had died … Continue reading the phone call
If you’ve read “lessons from Emma” you already know that Emma is a special young lady with tremendous character. For the last couple of years, I have watched as Emma, now in fourth grade, begins to shed the layers of little girl, making room for the young woman that is taking root inside. There are … Continue reading Building reserves
J died in the month of September, almost a full moon after his 42nd birthday. He wasn’t ready to go, but he also knew that that was no longer up to him. He understood that his time was approaching quickly, and it was important to him to have his family around, even if he was … Continue reading shining star
There is no death. Only a change of worlds. Native American Proverb After many turbulent years of physical suffering and emotional distress, my dad finally bid farewell to this world on August 15th. Summer's end brought with it the gentle calm that settles in after a long thunderstorm. These are the words I shared with … Continue reading There is no death.