September 5, 2017. Hurricane Irma, now a Category Five (Cat 5) storm was decimating the Caribbean and on track for a direct hit on Florida. I live in Naples on the southwest Gulf coast, right in the line of fire. … More The Professional Guest: Evacuating Irma
Eating things like frozen key lime pie on a stick has dire consequences for a woman my age. I need to go to the gym. … More The Professional Guest: Sloppy Joe Goes to the Gym
No more bashing. No more division. If this ship sinks, we’re all going down with it. … More The Professional Guest: So Much Anger. So Much Fear.
I’ve traveled the world, lived with roommates from almost every country on the globe. I learned how to layer my clothing from the French and Swiss. I learned to laugh from the Swedes (and how not to take the last piece of pie, cake, cookie or anything from the plate). I learned to love kim-chee … More The Professional Guest: Loves Lost
Marlin burgers. Marlin soup. Cockroaches. Ants. Tales from a missionary youth. … More The Professional Guest: Missionary Stories–Oh, Not What You Think.
So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to God than a whole flock of sparrows. (Matthew 10:31) This has been one of the most stressful 15 months in my life that I can remember. I suspect I’m not alone. Difficult economic times have affected not only me, but the entire United States and the world. Terrorism, mass shootings, earthquakes, deadly diseases, … More The Professional Guest: Stress Storms
Back in the 60s when we were kids, every summer my parents trucked us “up north” from Iowa to Pillager, Minnesota for summer camp. The camp was called Camp JIM (stands for “Jesus is Mine.”). It was located on the shores of Lake Hardy, not far from Fort Ripley, a Minnesota National Guard training … More The Professional Guest: Summer Camp
“This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” (Psalm 118:24) Cue the music: Massenet’s Meditation. click here, then return to blog window. Today is Saturday. I woke up with the sense that today was going to be a good day. I even posted on Facebook, “Today is … More The Professional Guest: A Visit to the Synagogue with Madame Renée
“Comfortable and familiar won’t lead you to your dreams.” —Matt Keller, “The Key to Everything.” I’ve been reading an excellent book lately that my friend, Cheri sent to me, titled “The Key to Everything” by Matt Keller. In his book, he talks about the keys to success: how charm, charisma, wealth, power, talent, looks, smarts, … More The Professional Guest: Comfortable & Familiar
I posted this earlier on Facebook and it’s worth repeating in my blog. It’s amazing when one teacher or one bus driver can influence the life of your kid forever. Because my son Garrett is blind and autistic, the Minnesota school districts worked exceptionally well with us to make sure that he had good bus … More The Professional Guest: Blind Kid Learns Independence