#Onlythegood – Volume One

  Readers, in light of the overabundance of tragic news from around the world, I am beginning a new project. Every Thursday I will be posting links to things that have happened in our world that are good; activities and people who bring humor, light, and justice to our world. I would love for you … Continue reading #Onlythegood – Volume One

Until Then….

Early mornings are the best. Those dawn hours when the sun has broken over the horizon but the world is still sleeping; the hours of slow wake-up, sounds of birds breaking the silence of night. It is early morning and right now it is easy for me to believe that someday this will all be redeemed.  … Continue reading Until Then….

The Resilient Orthodox – Explosions of Life

There are times when I feel like life has exploded, as though all parts of it collide and nothing goes the way it is supposed to go. From unexpected expenses to surprise illnesses, life laughs in the face of our careful planning, mocks our ideas of control, and smiles sarcastically at our shocked expressions. I'm … Continue reading The Resilient Orthodox – Explosions of Life

“The Only Way to Go, is to Go Back”

About two months ago I wrote this piece, and for some strange reason it disappeared. I've rewritten it and added to it so decided to post it again. I would love to hear what your experience is in "going back".  ***** We were always on our way. Rolling up our sleeves Ever moving forward In … Continue reading “The Only Way to Go, is to Go Back”

Who are the Immigrants in Your Life?

The meme above was shared widely on social media a couple of years ago. The other day as I was thinking about immigrants and immigration reform, I remembered it. While the meme is about things, I began to think about all the people in my life who are immigrants. As I made the list, I started … Continue reading Who are the Immigrants in Your Life?

On Lost Cats and Lost Kids

"Tigger! Tigger!" It is around nine at night and I am half way home when I hear the call. A mom is slowly walking up the street, two mournful kids trailing behind. Every few steps they call out "Tigger! Tigger!" "Oh!" I stop. "Are you looking for a kitty?" "Yes," the mom replies. "She seems … Continue reading On Lost Cats and Lost Kids

The Resilient Orthodox: Pepper & Salt

My Godmother came into my life around four years ago. At the time, I didn't know she would be my Godmother. In fact, she didn't know she would be my Godmother. When I first asked her to be my Godmother, she looked at me with not a little terror in her eyes. At that moment, … Continue reading The Resilient Orthodox: Pepper & Salt

Monday Morning: Wake up & Remember What is Real

It is Monday morning and I walk through weekend trash to get to work. The tourists are either long gone, or still asleep in hotel rooms; the homeless are just waking in doorways and shelters across the city. As I walk, I think about my friend whose father died last Thursday. The news came late … Continue reading Monday Morning: Wake up & Remember What is Real

“Just Your Presence”

A beautiful article in the Boston Globe today tells the story of a woman who is dying. She invited her friends over for a luncheon, a chance to celebrate while she still had life. One of the friends verbalized her feelings of awkwardness and helplessness in the face of her friend's suffering. As she did … Continue reading “Just Your Presence”

On Birthday Cards and Aunt Charlotte

Each year for as long as I can remember, I would receive a birthday card from my Aunt Charlotte. It didn't matter where I was in the world - that card always came. While other aunts lived in nice suburban houses with picket fences and bay windows, Aunt Charlotte lived in the city - New … Continue reading On Birthday Cards and Aunt Charlotte

Culture Shock: When Your Soul Takes Longer to Arrive

First you arrive physically and you are very tired. But only after a while, your soul gets here, too. Because the plane is very fast, but the soul takes longer to arrive.* On Friday, my youngest son arrived home after two months of travel. He experienced hospitality, adventure, and food across Albania, Greece, Bulgaria, and … Continue reading Culture Shock: When Your Soul Takes Longer to Arrive

Reflections on Morning and Evening Prayers

  It's early morning. The day is waking to summer in all its blue-skyed glory. Birds sing and chirp loud in chorus  - a liturgical chant to welcome the day. I am standing at our icon corner, the place in our home where we say our morning and evening prayers. It is here where I … Continue reading Reflections on Morning and Evening Prayers

Some Thoughts on Teen Pregnancy

"If you were giving a talk on teen pregnancy to a conservative, faith-based group who cares, what messages would you want to convey?" A couple of years ago I asked this question of someone in our family planning division at work. I was serious. I wanted her perspective. She did not hesitate. "I would tell … Continue reading Some Thoughts on Teen Pregnancy

From Privilege to Responsibility

In the United States, Charlottesville, VA has occupied the top news for over 48 hours. This is not a cause for celebration, but a tragic reality where a rally largely controlled by alt right racists turned violent and ugly. The city is now mourning the death of a young woman who died needlessly as the … Continue reading From Privilege to Responsibility

A Life Overseas -Thoughts on Entry, Reentry, and Third Culture Kids

Every summer I begin thinking about change and transition, about reentry and culture shock. With the first warm breezes of the season, I am transported to places and times where this was my reality. And I begin to hear stories from others who are going through these transitions. The stories are told in photographs and … Continue reading A Life Overseas -Thoughts on Entry, Reentry, and Third Culture Kids

“This is My Fate” – A Lesson in Cultural Humility

As soon as the angry words came out of my mouth, I regretted them. I was speaking to Rehmet, the woman who helped me care for my kids and my home. She was a Punjabi woman, uneducated, illiterate, with a smile that stretched across a beautiful, weathered face and a personality as big as her … Continue reading “This is My Fate” – A Lesson in Cultural Humility

Where Our Experiences Find Life

My nephew, Tim, and his wife and baby are moving. They have been living in Mexico for the past two years, and their  time has come to an end.  When they joined the Foreign Service, they knew that theirs would be a life of hellos and goodbyes; that boxes and moving trucks would periodically turn … Continue reading Where Our Experiences Find Life