Personal challenges

The Value of Doubt: why unanswered questions, not unquestioned answers, build faith

Doubt.  It’s a key ingredient to faith.  If you don’t question, you don’t care.  A new book helped me to examine what I believe and why.  The Value of Doubt: why unanswered questions, not unquestioned answers, build faith, is written by Bill Tammeus, a veteran journalist and award-winning religion writer. (Skylight Paths Publishing, September 2016, […]

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 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 […]

Am I ever enough? Choices without fear

New school and work schedules surge forward.  Goals. Deadlines. Kids. Get involved.  Socials. Volunteerism. We go from the sunburn of summer to the burnout of busyness that fall brings.  A question nags, “Am I ever enough?” Arguably, women are more apt to wonder.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that  in 2014, 83% of women […]

Rewire Negativity: Change Thought Patterns

How can I love my neighbor when the Internet brings mean-spirited and vicious comments right into my dining room?  Insults mount on any opinion posted on-line. Recently, I was called “delusional” by a stranger, a nobody to me. I wrote back, “We can disagree, but it’s not necessary to insult each other’s intelligence.”  Yet I […]