Personal challenges

Message from Mother Mary: Thought provoking and reassuring

Suzette here.  I’ve been attending different meditation circles, and one woman said that she received a message from Mother Mary.  Whether you believe the vision is real or not is not the point.  The message itself is profound and thought provoking.  When I asked permission to share it, the woman was afraid of hateful feedback. […]

Unity despite chaos: Diversity is changing America for the better

Randolph resident Dennis Grimes, 72, is African-American and a former Winthrop police officer. Today, he sees younger generations of all races – Caucasians, Latinos, Asians – unite in national movements for equal treatment of African-Americans and communities of color.  In my town, Milton, a diverse and peaceful crowd of 300 neighbors met in solidarity. Despite […]

Pandemic Darkness: Be a light

The pandemic continues. Inside-the-house-time translates to inside-of-ourselves-time, and for me, the longest self-reflection period ever.

Mothers Day Gift: No Guilt

Can you overcome your upbringing when raising your own kids? Josephine Martinez, came from the Philippines and was a stay-at-home mom all her life. She gave me an enduring sense of God’s goodness, which is ironic since she suffered from severe religious guilt. Fortunately, she didn’t raise us in the same way. Excessive self-blame is […]

Pandemic: Overcoming busyness, guilt and helplessness

PANDEMIC:  Overcoming busyness, guilt and helplessness.  By Suzette Martinez Standring Are we defined by busyness? The pandemic forces a standstill, making us feel helpless. We Americans multitask: family, career, volunteerism; just cross the next thing off on the to-do list. It’s not in our cultural DNA to navel gaze. Yet time and separation gives unexpected […]