My first birthday without my mother

I have a birthday this week. It’s my first birthday without my mother. I’m not asking for “happy birthdays” or even remarks about “how good I look for my age.” I’m just trying to settle into a new decade (yuk!) and lean into...

A TRIBUTE TO BARBARA WALLEY

Barbara Ann (Bandy) Walley, born Oct. 31, 1937, passed into the glory of her Heavenly Father on July 8, 2016, at the age of 78. She was preceded in death by her husband Lt. Commander Oliver Bruce Walley, on Feb. 11, 1969, and her parents John H. Bandy and Frances...

Getting ready for a loved one to die

I’m not ready. It’s one the first things I said, sobbing, when I found out that my mom, who’s had dementia for about 10 years, had suddenly experienced a debilitating stroke. I was in the process of planning to move her to a lovely facility, just...

Mary Magdalene’s perspective: the Resurrection

Witnesses of the Cross: Mary Magdalene visits the tomb on Sunday morning Early Sunday morning, in the crisp, the coldest air, just before dawn, I met Mary, Joanna, and Salome at the city gate. We huddled together while we walked to the tomb, more from fear and grief...

Christmas Story Ironies

  Christmas is so much more complicated than explaining how a fat man squeezes down a chimney. Consider the complexities of the real Christmas story: The Creator of the universe elects to exist as a created being. A virgin conceives and gives birth to a baby boy....

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