Wednesday, October 31, 2012


My father called me a few weeks ago and shared the news that he had proposed to one of his high school classmates.  I didn't know he was even in a relationship that he would even call dating.  Needless to say, this was a huge shock.  I can't imagine him with anyone other than my mom.  He had not dated in the years since Mom died, so I have never even imagined seeing him with another woman.

The shock has faded some, but I wonder how this will change the family dynamic. I am not cynical enough to think it is all bad change, but change it is.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Running into Strangers

This morning, there was a man running with daughter. He was looking back behind me trying to motivate her--I laughed and told the woman close to me (another stranger) maybe we should join his family. 

I kept up with him and his daughter the last mile or so. If I started getting behind them, he'd yell out to me to not quit. He said the end is right around the corner (not exactly true).

My talking to strangers can be helpful at times.

Monday, October 8, 2012

MS/AL Gulf Coast

I spent the end of last week and the weekend at the coast.  I love the coast, but this trip did not include any time in the sand.  This trip was about helping.  Somewhere deep within, I was stirred to leave home for a few days and do whatever they needed me to do.

I spent some time doing office work for the Volunteers of America, an organization that I knew little about before last week--but left them amazed at the work they do.  I also spent time working on the home ruined by flood waters.  

There is a great need for help in many places.  I hope our eyes are opened to  see where we can help.