Archive for 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 […]

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 […]

Nuns help sex trafficking survivors

Sister Peggy Cummins, age 67, runs a safe house for survivors of sex trafficking.  Honoring her vow to chastity for 48 years, she had no experience with either sex or trafficking when she began this work in 2011.  Yet the horror and debasement did not shock her. Instead she was jolted by a different realization. […]

Women Writers: No apologies

[Photo: At EBWW conference, Suzette with Gina Barreca, author and professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut.  Suzette is wearing the “tribal mask” for loud, smart, funny women.  Thanks for the gift, Gina!) A smart, competent female writer stood up to share her thoughts.  “I’m sorry to take up the time…I’m […]