A Standing Ovation

“I think there should be a rule that everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their lives.” ― R.J. Palacio, Wonder Today was one of those perfect days — the kind that captures a piece of heaven.  My very own standing ovation. I was an invited guest at Principals’ Meeting.  It…Read more »


I have recently started organizing — papers, closets, drawers, journals, and pictures. There is a fun button in my photos app entitled “memories.”  The phone will gather pictures and group them by theme, date, or location.  You simply select the group and enjoy a beautiful video highlighting moments and people that you love.  I sorted…Read more »

Healing, Hospice, and Holidays

I have determined that healing happens through unexpected measures. The past few weeks have been filled with doctor’s appointments and a lengthy stay in the hospital.  I have developed a serious staph infection in the pleural liquid by my right lung.  It was fascinating to watch four different teams of doctors work together to share…Read more »

Important Decisions

At critical crossroads, I have learned how to make important decisions.  A few come to mind:  1) establishing goals in my youth that led to awards and scholarships that provided a way to further my education, 2) attending college and leaving home for the first time, 3) marrying Richard (my best decision), 4) adopting our…Read more »

Starting Again

Yesterday, Richard and I sat waiting to see my oncologist.  I glanced around the sitting area and looked into the faces of patients at different stages of their cancer journey.  There was a quiet understanding between us.   A look of determination.  A sense of fatigue.  A demonstration of resiliency.  We were nestled in a busy…Read more »

One Step at a Time

A Chinese Proverb reads, “To get through the hardest journey we need take only one step at a time, but we must keep on stepping.” Keep on stepping . . . this past weekend I was blessed to hear an inspired message focused on moving forward one step at a time — continuing through this…Read more »