Angels in the Bible Storybook

(Photo: Angels in the Bible Storybook by Allia Zobel Nolan) Christmas lights, twinkling windows, and starry skies make me think of angels.  Busier than workshop elves, angels do God’s bidding, sometimes in disguise. Have you ever been saved from near calamity? Or unexpectedly received help from a stranger? Lucky coincidence to some, but others like me, believe angels were at…

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Get Educated: Fake News Sites

(Photo from Snopes.com) Do I have to “Snopes” every shocking headline nowadays? For readers many fake news sites look legit, just like those taken down by Google: baltimoregazette.com, denverguardian.com as well as parasitic domain-named sites such as USAToday.com.co and WashingtonPost.com.co.  However, news hoaxes will reappear in other forms fueled by ad networks hungry for eyeballs. While false news has been a…

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Give a Written Gift as a Memory

(Photo of Suzette Standring with granddaughters Lulu and Bella Baylon, Thanksgiving 2016) At Thanksgiving, both love and gratitude are the centerpieces of the holiday.  They go hand-in-hand, like turkey and stuffing. Right around the corner is the giving season.  Why not use feelings of love and gratitude to recall family memories?  Then write them down. This year give a written…

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Healing Veterans in Nature: House in the Woods

[Photo from http://houseinthewoods.org – House In the Woods in Lee, Maine] All veterans were prepared for the ultimate sacrifice. They grieve for comrades lost, and too often, endure lifelong hauntings through PTSD. They endure disabilities and emotional scars. For all veterans, Paul and Dee House, along with Bill and Quie Emery, created a refuge amidst the healing power of nature in…

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Healing the unsaid with the dead

[Photo taken in 1973 of Suzette and her father, Steve Martinez, who passed away in 1982.] Lately memories of loved ones, now gone, are tinged with “I wish I told them [fill in the blank].”  Recently, I had the chance. A meditative exercise is designed to heal the unsaid with direct conversation. I tried it with my father who died…

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