Mother of All Human Beings

This photo moves me. A mother supporting protestors while supporting her child while feeding her child. A mother, doing what she can in this moment, investing in the next generation in multiple ways. Genesis 3:1 tells us Adam named his wife Eve “because she was the mother of all human beings.” Perhaps it’s because of…

The Serene Woman

I keep reading commentary about the protests that involve looting and property destruction, and while I understand that people are frightened and frustrated I also can’t stop thinking that we’re here because peaceful protest hasn’t worked. We’ve had years of peaceful protests and they’ve accomplished nothing. And I recalled this photo from a few years…

Honeysuckle

I have little-to-no sense of smell. Years of allergies will do that. Very few scents register for me, but among those I can always detect are garlic, an old drugstore perfume called Charlie, and honeysuckle. Honeysuckle makes me smile wherever I am, whatever I’m doing, every single time. It’s the smell of summer. The smell…

Cloud-Clearing

A handful of realizations, some new and some just reminders, changed how the world looked on this cloudy day. This morning I listened as a third-grade teacher made Audrey feel incredibly special in a one-on-one call, scheduled on her own time just to encourage Audrey in her reading and acknowledge her hard work and progress.…

Natural Selection

This meme is the absolute best thing I’ve seen since the protests to reopen states and businesses began. How can people be so selfish as to not care about others at all? How can people be so ignorant as to not understand that the risk is not just to themselves? How can people be so…

Right-Side Up

I started a note in my phone a few weeks ago, on a day that I was particularly grumpy and at my max. A note of things to be thankful for, particularly in this day and in this moment and in this circumstance. I did the same thing a few years ago in the year…

ETA Needed

There’s actually a reward for being someone who focuses on self, and that’s that everyone around those types of folks expects very little of them. One of the greatest unfairnesses is that the people who hurt others are not the ones who handle the fallout or cleanup - they don’t ever see or experience the…

Quarantine Stream of Consciousness

The Queen’s messages in the first month of this quarantine were the most uplifting and heartfelt of all the messages by world figures/leaders. Many religions have festivals which celebrate light overcoming darkness. Such occasions are often accompanied by the lighting of candles. They seem to speak to every culture, and appeal to people of all…

Old Testament Lessons

I recently watched Unorthodox on Netflix and am fascinated by some of the Jewish traditions shown in it. As I’ve been reading up on a couple, I realized that Passover begins tonight - in the middle of the Christian Holy Week. I’m not Jewish and I’ve not draped it correctly, but my heart is in…

What is even happening right now?

My internal voice keeps saying it. My external voice keeps saying it. Over and over and over again in the last couple of weeks. What is even happening right now? Daily death tolls. People need medical care and can’t get it. Countries and states on lockdown. People stranded and they can’t get home. Grocery stores…