FORTY YEARS…

“What was your favorite decade or your favorite year?” Grace asked, as she, her boyfriend Justin, Gabri, and Karen and I sat at a picnic table last night, near the Willamette River in Portland. We had met for dinner together prior to an outside gig Justin was playing on trumpet with another good friend Stephanie,…

The Intervention

How many times have I helped others talk about the need for an intervention with a family member? It usually involves an addiction. Often it means carefully presenting to the needy party date and time examples of behaviors which are not working. The reason is for the individual to step out of denial, face the…

Freedom

I was sitting in a line up of blue, plastic chairs at the DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) to register my car. As opposed to my other times in the DMV recently, everyone was wearing a mask this time. It doesn’t make sense, in my brain, to go back and forth. I leaned over to…

Large Blessings in Small Packages

Our oldest, Anna, wanted to come visit with her two young daughters, reserved two nights at a campsite on the Oregon coast and invited anyone available to come. She drove two days to bring her daughters, 2.5 year old Bridget and 5 year old Josie, out to Oregon. They arrived at our house for a…