2020, the first year of the Great Disruption. It had been 100 years since our last pandemic. We were due for another one and Covid-19 obliged us. Most everyone suffered. Millions died. The world was turned upside down. All the things that brought us joy were no longer allowed: No hugs or kisses. No parties. … Continue reading The Great Disruption or the Great Awakening?
Walking along the sandy beach barefoot Noticing the imprints of others who have walked ahead of me Thinking of my parents who took us to Florida for many beach walks Their memory has left deep imprints in my psyche I think of them every day here in Spain Sometimes it is with a heavy heart … Continue reading The Heart Remembers
I think Jesus was a very important messenger sent by God to remind people of the importance of loving and caring for each other. As he advised others, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.” Matthew 22:37. Mural painting from the catacomb of … Continue reading Who Jesus Really Was
One of the fun things about genealogy is you may discover you are related to important figures of politics, history, literature or religion. Recently, I blogged about famous American writers I was related to such as Henry David Thoreau and Harriet Beecher Stowe. They are both cousins. I am also related to some people designated … Continue reading Saints Alive! These Women Are My Relatives
When will it end? Dear source of all, Help us cope. We have fallen into a deep and dark hole. Over one year since the pandemic began, it continues to grind on, crushing souls along the way. We are masked up at a virtual costume ball, where dancing isn't allowed, smiles can't be seen and … Continue reading Dark Hole of the Pandemic
Darlene Foster, a Canadian published writer of many children’s books, is recommending my new book, Torn Between Worlds.
Welcome to What’s That Book, sharing book recommendations from readers and bloggers. Today’s guest reviewer is Darlene Foster.
Title: Torn Between Worlds
Author: Nancy Blodgett Klein
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
What’s it about? A story about a 12-year-old Mexican girl who, with her father, comes to the United States illegally, in search of a better life. Isabel´s sixth-grade teacher suggests she keep a journal, where she can pour out the feelings she used to share with her mother. She encourages her to take the newspaper home to improve her English and learn about world events and politics. Isabel is horrified by the events that take place on September 11, 2001 in the US, witnesses a political demonstration in Oaxaca, Mexico where people are killed, and is forced to flee to Madrid, Spain to keep her and her mother safe from…
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Hello God, I am writing on behalf of 6 billion people here on Earth who are wondering when our suffering will end. If we promise to be more grateful in the future when we get to kiss or hug a loved one again, will that help bring about the end of the pandemic? Lord, I … Continue reading Dear Source of All, Help Us Cope!
Deep listening is at the foundation of right speech. If we cannot listen mindfully, we cannot practice right speech. No matter what we say, it will not be mindful because we will be speaking only our ideas and not in response to the other person.Thich Nhat Hanh Help others heal by compassionate listening I am … Continue reading Listening to Help Others Heal