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How can one make the Advent season and Christmas a joy-filled meaningful celebration when one is alone and lonely?


I like the answer which Barbara Baumgardner, gives us in her story, “The Aroma of Christmas.”

The first Christmas after my husband died was filled with forced laughter, fake smiles and trying desperately to have a good time.

Twelve months later healing was evidenced by the excitement welling up with me as I prepared for a grand and glorious holiday. The kids and grandchildren were coming to spend Christmas at my home.

A Clean Sheet of Paper


Too often I am the person (like the Levite and Priest in the Good Samaritan story) who sees and hears about someone who is suffering, and passes by on the other side of the street. One of those times was just three weeks ago. Larry, my husband, and I were walking a bike path, and suddenly I saw ahead this person all bent over doing something…

Small Acts of Kindness


Looking for ways to make our world a bit brighter and healthier? See these ideas, which were gleaned from a list on the website One Kind Act . There are 55 small acts of kindness listed there! Say, “I love you.” to the people you love. Hold the door open for the person behind you. […]

Don’t Be Too Late


I have regrets. I wish that I would have communicated with my brother more during his last years of struggling with Parkinson’s disease. I regret that I didn’t visit my step father more frequently after my mother died. I procrastinated too long and too often and now it is too late. So today, I am listening to the wisdom of Ralph Waldo Emerson who says, “You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”

15 Special Spirit Lifters for the Suffering


Be our dinner guests. When I was critically ill and confined to my home, it was the highlight of our day when friends not only brought dinner, but also joined us for dinner and conversation. (The dinner-guest schedule was arranged by a caring friends and by my parish nurse.) A friend typed my favorite Bible verses in large print on her computer. I posted one verse in each room of my home, so that when I walked into a room I had something positive to read and think about. Ask the person for their favorite verses or use my favorites; Proverbs 3:5; Psalm 91:4; Psalm 115:1; Isiah 49:15,16; Jeremiah 29:11-14.

Elvis and Wing-Tip Shoes


This is Elvis Evans. I am a former student of yours from way back in the days of 1977-78.

I do not think I ever had an opportunity to thank you. You were instrumental in the successes I have enjoyed in my life. In 1977, I was a lost kid looking for someone to understand me. I wore a hearing aide, which was an anomaly back then. I was also epileptic and wore orthopedic shoes, which back then only came in one style; wing tip.