12 steps for Mortals

We … Admitted we are powerless over death. Morbidity curves can be flattened temporarily — only. Ultimately, mortality — stalking us since birth — wins. Our lives will be unmanageable until we face reality — life ends; all saves are temporary. Came to believe that a power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity…

Meditation: it’s not what you think

A man was teaching his grandson about life. The grandfather said: “A fight goes on inside people. It’s a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, lies, ego. The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, generosity, truth,…

A feminine face of God

As recounted in all four gospels in the Bible, Mary of Magdala was first to encounter Jesus after the resurrection — a woman! Over millennia, she has been vilified, erroneously called a prostitute. A retraction in 1969 by Pope Paul VI started the process of redeeming her reputation and clearing her name. In June 2016,…

Right in front of your nose

When we lived in Tampa, a hurricane was forecast. The usual buildup preceded its arrival: shopping for essential supplies, securing potential projectiles, monitoring evacuation orders. We were aware of the predictions about the storm’s timing, path and strength but planned to shelter in place. My husband’s impending deployment took precedence over the weather.  When we…

A threshold moment

  The last trip we made before the world shut down was to New York City, spending Leap Day 2020 in Times Square. Planes, trains and elevators — close quarters without contact precautions. From Reagan National, we flew to Newark Airport, took the Airtrain and a NJ transit train to Penn Station in NYC. We…