Are You in Exile?

WE HAVE FRIENDS who were recently evicted from the country in which they had worked for many years. EXILES. Though now safe in this country, adjustment is HUGE. Culture, politics, way of life—nothing is easy. In Old Testament times, the “with it” people of Israel were...

Are You Pre-Paid?

  A week ago, we visited H. L. Farmer & Sons funeral home. It had been on our To-Do list for a long time, but my current, nose-to-nose conversation with stage-4 lung cancer sort of pushed the envelope. VERY INTERESTING! Did you know— In Massachusetts, a body...

Sudden Death, Sudden Glory

LAST WEEK, after attending my sister Marilyn’s funeral in New Jersey, I made a quick run to see the house in Branchville in which both of us had been born and brought up. The house had not been grand, but it was home.       I’d been warned what to...

Jane Eyre Revisited

Awhile back while surfing TV channels, I happened on the latter part of an old Jane Eyre movie. Having read the novel multiple times, I was bummed by how messed up the film version was and promptly re-read the book. If you don’t know the story, the narrator,...

The Inner Me

IN THE PROCESS OF CLEANING OUT FILE DRAWERS, I came across photos from long ago. I looked pretty good back then! Add a few decades; what do I look like now? I can still smile and wiggle my hips, but what do I look like at my WORST moments? An atheist artist offered to...