The Summer of Collected Memories

The Summer of Collected Memories. How my family and I survived and thrived during the pandemic break.

Grateful for Strange Moments of Grace: Days 9-17 (30 Days of Thanks)

In hours of weariness, sensations sweet, Felt in the blood, and felt along the heart; And passing even into my purer mind, With tranquil restoration:—feelings, too, Of unremembered pleasure: such, perhaps, As have no slight or trivial influence On that best portion of a good man’s life, His little, nameless, unremembered acts Of kindness andContinue reading “Grateful for Strange Moments of Grace: Days 9-17 (30 Days of Thanks)”

A Mother’s Reflection on Rest and Rejuvenation

“What is the scent of water?” “Renewal. The goodness of God coming down like dew.” ― Elizabeth Goudge, The Scent of Water   An excerpt from my journal, dated September 16, 2013: Soon, I head out on a much-needed vacation that was masterminded by none other than my mother. She and I, along with my two sistersContinue reading “A Mother’s Reflection on Rest and Rejuvenation”

Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane/Don’t know when I’ll be back again

A sister can be seen as someone who is both ourselves and very much not ourselves – a special kind of double. ~ Toni Morrison Thou art thy mother’s glass, and she in thee/Calls back the lovely April of her prime. ~ William Shakespeare In September, my mother is treating my sisters and me toContinue reading “Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane/Don’t know when I’ll be back again”