When It’s Time To Dial 911

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After my mom died in south Florida 6 years ago, I came home anxious to jump into my regularly-scheduled life. I was no stranger to loss and trauma. I thought I was prepared by those experiences as well as the excellent care I received from the hospice team during the final weeks of my mom's life to walk through the proverbial valley of the shadow as I grieved her passing.I thought wrong.By December, I felt as though I was crawling through a room packed with heavy insulation every single … [Read more...]

It’s Time To Resign From The Casserole Club

It was an honor to have 19 other women join my long-time prayer partner and I on last weekend's guided silent retreat.

Dr. Halee Gray Scott's recent salvo calling for women's ministry leaders to stop doling out flowers and fairy dust to the women of their churches reminded me that each one of us has the power to change the ladies tea/chocolate spa/casserole club model of women's ministry. There are some women that expect that kind of de-fanged busywork from church, but I most of the women I know have little time or energy for it anymore.Many of us suburban Boomer women inherited our notions of what … [Read more...]

Healing And The Favorite College Game ‘Guess The Major’

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In 2007, I wrote a post (here) about what happened to me when I visited the scene of a whole bunch of crimes (most of the PG-13 variety at that point in my life) after three decades had passed. My husband Bill and I headed to the cornfields of Central IL to see Shakespere's "Love's Labour's Lost" and I had an opportunity to revisit the campus where I'd been a student in the late 1970's. As I am working on a chapter for my upcoming book on the topic of regret, this episode has come to mind as an … [Read more...]

My 3:30 AM Husband

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True confession: I have a slight case of bigamy going.Relax. I've never actually met my other "husband" in person. Though I have been married to the same man since 1979, I have logged quite a few hours over the years—usually between midnight and 5 a.m.—with my other “husband”, Peter Francis Geraci.Mr. Geraci is a Midwestern bankruptcy lawyer who runs TV commercials in the long hours between midnight and dawn. Let's be honest. Our one-way relationship (he talks and I listen) would never wo … [Read more...]

Into The (Uncertain) Future

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I attend a women's Bible study at a church near my home. This fall, we'll be looking at how God works in the process of transition in our lives. We're using the book of Ruth, along with some of the psalms her grandson David wrote, as the foundation for the study. I'm looking forward to facilitating three of the sessions for this thoughtful, reflective group.In a lovely little convergence, I was asked to write a short devotional (below) on the theme of transition for the most recent Caspari … [Read more...]

The Transformative Heart Of ‘What Not To Wear’

I hear voices in my head if I'm tempted to run to the grocery store to pick up a couple of things dressed in my work-at-home uniform of an oversized T-shirt, sweats and well-worn Birkenstocks. Those voices say things like, "Why are you going out in public in that schlumpy, sad sack of an outfit? Have you learned nothing at all from a decade of watching our TV show?"Beyond a mere makeover show, TLC long-running What Not To Wear explores the emotion and esteem issues behind our clothing c … [Read more...]

A Single Woman’s Prayer

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Yesterday, I heard one of the bravest confessions I've ever heard in public. The church we attend has a space in the service for people to share their own written prayers of lament or celebration. Most are heartfelt, and a couple have been quite remarkable. Last summer, an expression of pain from a mom whose baby died shortly after birth stuck echoed inside of me for days, and helped me understand how to pray for this young couple.During Sunday morning's service, a woman just a few years … [Read more...]


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