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A Winters’ Christmas

Christmas comfort, to me, is in our family traditions. The old Victorian house which was my mother’s home for 56 years – has 12 foot high ceilings and a large mantle over the fireplace. Each year (for at least the past 55 years) a Nativity Scene was displayed on the mantle and a cedar Christmas […]

The most difficult decision…

When you face a difficult decision – one that permanently changes your life and impacts many people, you need clarity and confidence. Perhaps the most difficult decision that many people will ever face is whether to stay in a marriage that is not working for them or to divorce. Since divorce is such an important […]

The Curiosity Switch and the Pause Button

Olivia, our 5-year-old granddaughter, recently arrived at our house and announced loudly – “It stinks in here!” Olivia was noticing the garlic smell from our just cooked meal. Later Kelly, the woman to whom I am married, was talking with Olivia and said – “It did not bother me what you said about our house […]

January Mulligan

January 2018 was not a great month for me. My mom died in early January. She was 90 years old and ready to die — the day before she died I asked if she wanted to talk with a priest, she said, “I have already talked to two different priests!” She had her affairs in […]

Flooded! (with meaning potentials)

The last few weeks for folks in the Houston area have been a blur. Many people have lost their homes, possessions and some, their lives. The entire community has suffered a multitude of losses, and the grief is apparent – both in the shock of those who directly suffered, and the depression and guilt felt […]

Learning From Pumpkins

In October 2016, Kelly and I placed several pumpkins in our flower bed as an autumn decoration. Over time the pumpkins started to decay. As we watched the slow decay it looked sort of like blowing up balloons, in slow motion and in reverse. During our very mild Houston Winter – most of the pumpkins […]