BEYOND WISHFUL THINKING

BEYOND WISHFUL THINKING

I was eight years old when I lost my grandfather at the age of 65. My family is very close knit and this was a big blow to all of us. I remember kissing Nanu’s cold cheek and bidding him farewell. But something inside told me this was not a... Read More »

CHANGING LANDSCAPES

CHANGING LANDSCAPES

I was driving home today and missed my turn. I’m familiar with the neighborhood and have turned into that street thousands of times. But I was confused by the changing landscape. An unused strip mall was being torn down, and bulldozers had ... Read More »

FACING THE UNKNOWN—TOGETHER

FACING THE UNKNOWN—TOGETHER

Like most people, I like predictability. Change can mean stepping into the unknown and losing my comfortable routine, and that’s frightening. It also means I have to give up some control. That’s scary too. Even when you prepare as well as y... Read More »

HOPE AND THE TREE OF LIFE

HOPE AND THE TREE OF LIFE

He’s a tall, tanned, lanky fellow in his mid-sixties—older than most of the other vendors at the fruit and vegetable market. He invariably greets his customers with a radiant smile. One hot July morning when I approached his stall, I was su... Read More »

HAVING FAITH IN FAITH

HAVING FAITH IN FAITH

It’s second nature for some people to have faith and show trust in God. They somehow see the good in difficult people or trying situations. To them, the glass is always half full. You’ll often hear them say things like, “God will supply,” a... Read More »

BUTTERFLY ENCOUNTERS

BUTTERFLY ENCOUNTERS

As I was researching material for a short story about an antique dealer who collected rare butterflies, I came across a website that revealed a rich resource of stories involving those fascinating creatures. I was amazed at the vast quantit... Read More »

STARTING OVER

STARTING OVER

My husband and I moved to Canada a few years ago after 30 years abroad. During those years, I had lived, worked, and traveled throughout the Americas without ever returning to the place of my birth for any length of time. The repatriation p... Read More »

CALLING THROUGH THE REGISTERS

CALLING THROUGH THE REGISTERS

My grandparents’ 1920 farmhouse was graced with solid oak floors and woodwork, and there were “registers,” adjustable grates in the floors that made it possible to regulate the flow of warm air that passed through ducts from the furnace in ... Read More »

ARMS AROUND ME

ARMS AROUND ME

Happiness is made up of many things: it is a smile of a child, the golden glows of a sunrise, the warm hug of a loved one, health after sickness. But such happiness is also transitory: a child does not always smile, the sunrise may be overs... Read More »

MY LITTLE GIRL

MY LITTLE GIRL

As many first-time mothers can probably relate to, nothing holds my interest like observing my little girl. Her facial expressions, the excitement in her eyes, her curiosity—just about everything she does brings out the motherly love in me.... Read More »

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