Hope through the Darkest Night

For many months, I have been walking underwater. This has been the toughest part of life I’ve ever imagined. Moving forward has been painful, and days have passed by in slow-motion. But this is how it is, isn’t it? Life isn’t easy. Sometimes life takes our breath away. Privacy is important when it comes toContinue reading “Hope through the Darkest Night”

A True Scary Story

“Don’t be afraid of being scared. To be afraid is a sign of common sense. Only complete idiots are not afraid of anything.” -Carlos Ruiz Zafon in The Angel’s Game   Being scared happens. It’s part of living. And, sometimes it’s what teaches us who we are, and how to be brave. I’ve had aContinue reading “A True Scary Story”

On Broken Hearts, Broken Bones, and Healing

Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it. – Helen Keller As a rule, I don’t write about family stories, parenting, or my past here on my blog. I prefer to let my sons’ stories be their own, unless they say otherwise, to let my family’s storiesContinue reading “On Broken Hearts, Broken Bones, and Healing”

Craving Roses, Grasping Thorns

“But he that dares not grasp the thorn should never crave the rose.” -Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights June is a beautiful month in Czech Republic. Everywhere, outside of Prague, vast fields of grain stretch out across the hills and into the mountains. The fields’ seafoam green coloring in June could almost pass for ocean. Here, two photosContinue reading “Craving Roses, Grasping Thorns”

Finding A Place of Tranquility

“The heart has its special places, quiet retreats, fragrant with the sweet perfume of flowers.” -Thomas Kinkade Sometimes I stop to catch my breath in the whirl that is life as a wife and mom to three boys–in between the frequent grocery runs and the ball games and practices, in the midst of media hypeContinue reading “Finding A Place of Tranquility”

How to Pick Yourself Back Up: On Critics (and Trolls)

Creativity is so delicate a flower that praise tends to make it bloom, while discouragement often nips it in the bud. Any of us will put out more and better ideas if our efforts are appreciated. -Alexander Osborn Critics come by the dozen toward anyone who is creative or stands out as a leader inContinue reading “How to Pick Yourself Back Up: On Critics (and Trolls)”

Reflections: Stormy Beauty over the Teton’s Jackson Lake

Storms happen frequently in Spring, especially in the United States … they’re not as violent here in Prague. I’ve always been someone who loves to watch the storms. In our prior backyard, I’d lie back on the kids’ slide and watch as clouds billowed and puffed and sailed by, wrenching colors out of the changingContinue reading “Reflections: Stormy Beauty over the Teton’s Jackson Lake”

Japan, Why We Can Help, and My Experience Living There

“… the March 11, 2011 9.0 earthquake, tsunami, and resulting nuclear disaster becomes an epic devastation …” Today, in light of recent devastation in Asia, I am changing my weekly post order to reflect on what is happening in Japan. I lived in Tokyo for three months in 1990, and I grieve for the peopleContinue reading “Japan, Why We Can Help, and My Experience Living There”