A Simple Choice


Having an 11/5 birth date in the US has made for some interesting news over the years. The 11/5/08 headline showed citizens of the same country whose original constitution didn't consider slaves human, had elected a black man president. Somehow, today I'm still reading about what laws are needed to make a human legal in …

Reflection: Gratitude


When this nation gears up for winter holidays the glitz reflects and magnifies what some folks feel they're missing: Family, money, shelter, joy, friends, health, and even love. The truth is sometimes it's hard to see the whole picture so the ugliest parts stand out. Please pour out extra love, kindness, fun, authentic concern and …

A simple request…


...Is not always so simple, is it? Too many of us grew up with and are still surrounded by a culture that glorifies success against all odds over the testimony of human survival... A culture that exalts greed and competition... Efficiency at the expense of joy... Strength in the face of vulnerability destroyed. The reality …

The Value of Love: Remembering what life means.


I've started sleeping with earplugs.  My adorable outdoor cats love cuddling, and at night they settle for snuggling through my bedroom window pane, just behind my headboard. And they like pillow talk: Me: (Coughing) Pirate (cat, meowing): "Tina!?!?  Are you awake?  I am.  This is fun.  Can you hear me?!?!" Me, muttering: "Oh. Em. Gee. …

6/6/2012: The point of understanding


Thankful. What a difference a year makes. A day. A moment. This time last year I was in the ER with my beloved best friend, waiting for an ambulance to transfer him to a hospital across town. In the face of a life-threatening illness he was supernaturally high-spirited, an inspiration and utter mystery to his …