Family

Memorial Day: Elephants in the Cemetery

On Memorial Day, an elephant and her calf are shaded by trees as ducks and geese waddle by the pond at Milton Cemetery.  The life-size topiaries are covered in ivy, and the symbolism of their deep family bonds and long memories are the reasons for their art installation in this place of remembrance.  Elephants never […]

Diver Ed O’Brien: stewardship of the oceans

(The Alvin carried aboard The Atlantis at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, photo taken by Suzette Standring) We toured the Atlantis and the Neil Armstrong, research vehicle ships, at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (www.whoi.edu) in Massachusetts. The men and women who work  toward the health of our oceans reminded me of Psalm 107: 23-24 inscribed […]

Lost her job, then a new calling

(Photo of Winsome Myers taken by Suzette Standring) After almost 16 years working for a hospital, Winsome Myers lost her job.  So close to retirement at age 60, financial fears loomed before her.  “If it wasn’t for my faith, I’d be a mess.  I’d be crying all the time,” she said.  Instead, faith gave her […]

What “Merry Christmas” means

Merry Christmas! It’s a greeting that celebrates light in a too-dark world. For Christians, the heartbeat of Jesus Christ’s message is humility and service. “Merry Christmas” is about love triumphing against all odds.  Consider that the King of Kings was born among the poorest holding lineage with the most persecuted of people. The Nativity story […]

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 […]