A Song For You

A Song For You

From the book Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Injury and Epilepsy Change Everything Music and memory can be friends.  What are your favorite songs? Why do you like them?  What are the songs which best describe your own underwater story? Why...
Father, Son, Spirit by Hallie Richardson

Father, Son, Spirit by Hallie Richardson

He is Father, Creator, Sustainer.He is the beginning and the ending.The one who sculpted the hearts ofevery person ever to live and move.He is the breath in our lungs.He is the divine architect,the ultimate and supreme being.He is holy, blameless and...
a letter to the rain

a letter to the rain

from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living  dear rain, i am sorry. remembering days of smiling with you, running as you soaked me, enjoying your sound. but i changed. long ago, i changed. i no longer enjoy you. this morning, while dreading a long drive...
early morning

early morning

A poem from the book embracing now: pain, joy, healing, living. an early morning walk.thankfulness and appreciationand wonder.a rising sun reminding me ineeded sunglasses—my normal companion.seeing the remainsof a tiny snakein his failed attemptto cross the...
The Burden of Ministry

The Burden of Ministry

My heart hurts as I read stories of ministers facing burnout, depression, and leaving ministry. The present COVID crisis and political conflicts add to  the normal stress. We need long conversations. We need to work on ways to bring help. Here are a few thoughts I...
More Thoughts on 60

More Thoughts on 60

Last week I wrote about aging. My aging. This week I continue writing and aging and writing about aging. Our aging. My 60th birthday was nice. Thanks for all the kind cards and comments. Thanks to my family for time together. My mind, however, continues thinking about...
60?

60?

I remember when the age of 60 sounded old. It doesn’t any more. As of today I’m included in that number.To some, that might label me as elderly. That’s okay. Whatever the perception, I see this birthday as another invitation, another reflection, another motivation.For...
When Life Changes Suddenly

When Life Changes Suddenly

From the book: Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Injury and Epilepsy Change Everything. Seize the moment. This moment. That is what many of us are trying to do. As I am trying, I hear many questions still running through this damaged mind. What is it like saying...
A Life I Decided to Embrace

A Life I Decided to Embrace

From ‬the book Underwater: When Encephalitis, Brain Injury and Epilepsy Change Everything. “I don’t understand.” She stated that sentence after listening to my story. As a college student studying to pursue a career in counseling, she wanted to hear my narrative about...