Monthly Archives: December 2020

A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas

“Always winter but never Christmas.” ~ C S. Lewis It’s our pleasure to reprise this post originally published in 2016.  It seems especially appropriate this year. Whatever your own circumstances this holiday season, may your hearts be strong, your spirits peaceful, and remember there is love in abundance. May you give and receive it with generosity and gratitude.  — Pat and Marsha The night A Charlie … Continue reading A Charlie Brown Kind of Christmas »

Finding A Safe Place

May I strike my heart’s keys clearly, and may none fail because of slack, uncertain, or fraying strings. May the tears that stream down my face make me more radiant: may my hidden weeping bloom. How we waste our afflictions!… They’re really our wintering foliage, our dark greens of meaning, one of the seasons of the clandestine year; not only a season: they’re site, settlement, shelter, soil, abode. ~ Rainer Maria Rilke Poetry … Continue reading Finding A Safe Place »

A Time for Empathy

I find my thoughts, recently, turning to Abraham Lincoln as he guided a broken country through the Civil War. There are so many Lincoln stories, some humorous, some poignant. The ones I’ve been reading illustrate Lincoln’s great capacity for compassion, forgiveness and empathy.  Many people sought the President’s help. Few were as fortunate as Thomas Bullock, who recalled how he obtained a pardon for his … Continue reading A Time for Empathy »

Just a Thought at 10 (Pat and Marsha)

This week marks the tenth anniversary of Just a Thought. I’ve been writing for10 years and formally blogging for five. I hope occasionally to touch upon a topic that resonates with you. Why do I publish these thoughts? Good question.  I decided to revisit some old posts and found a reoccurring theme: memories in need of mending. The unfinished business of a life. Writing final chapters … Continue reading Just a Thought at 10 (Pat and Marsha) »