Family, Food, Grief, Healing, Newsletter, Trauma recovery

NEWSLETTER November 2022

THIRD THANKSGIVING Eleven pounds. Eighty-six ounces. Fresh. Organic. Not too heavy for me to lift into my grocery cart. Remember the brussel sprouts. Forget the cranberries. Because I burned my orange, cardamom, cranberry sauce in the crock pot yesterday. Making sauce no one will eat. Because really what we all want are good lingonberries with… Continue reading NEWSLETTER November 2022

Faith, Healing, Newsletter, Trauma, Trauma recovery


I've been traveling a lot lately. And in my travels I've met many people harmed by some form of Christianity. Some by my own denomination. Yet all the people I've met still seek something greater than themselves: The earth, other gods, nature, other ways of believing in something. But God, the God I proclaim, seems… Continue reading NEWSLETTER, SEPTEMBER 2022

Faith, Healing, Newsletter, Trauma, Trauma recovery


TRAVELING BACK Looming. Ahead of me. Out the windshield. Clipping along at 70 miles per hour, maybe faster. Mile after mile bringing me closer to what I have dreaded for almost six years. My stomach tells me we are almost there. Thankful Forrest drives, not me. Phone rings. Answer only because it's one of my… Continue reading NEWSLETTER for AUGUST, 2022

Domestic Violence, Grief, Healing, Hope, Newsletter, Trauma recovery


Hypervigilance. Stuck on high alert. A symptom of unhealed traumatic experience. Leading to constant control of environment, self, and others. Seen in perpetrators of domestic violence, sexual violence, and organizations, governments, and families who follow intense sets of rules. What if those who are trapped by their internal demand for control healed instead? TRANSITIONS The… Continue reading NEWSLETTER, (JUNE/JULY 2022)

Grief, Hope, Newsletter, Trauma recovery, Writing


Photo Captions: Discovering my book on the shelf at Prairie Lights (Iowa City), Barnes & Noble (Coralville, Iowa), and an upcoming event with Faith + Lead. RECENT & UPCOMING HAPPENINGS New article with Faith & Lead: "Heal Self, Love Others." "Childcare in Iowa," on Ethical Perspectives in the News. Sponsored by the Inter-Religious Council of Linn… Continue reading NEWSLETTER (MAY, 2022)

Grief, Healing, Newsletter, Trauma, Trauma recovery

April Newsletter, 2022

CURRENT REALITY It's April. My youngest son left to explore Europe. My oldest son winds his way toward home for work, doctors' appointments, and visa renewal. Forrest and I passed the first round of applications to adopt a doodle dog. The house is up for sale. I'm interviewing for congregational ministry, wondering and worrying about… Continue reading April Newsletter, 2022

Faith, Grief, Newsletter, Prayer, Trauma recovery

March Newsletter, 2022

Lenten Litany During this season of Lent let us pray,Creating God, produce peace within each of us. Ask our inner peace to radiate out into the world.Saving Jesus, provide lasting healing within each of us. Lead our healing into peace.Advocating Spirit, reveal wounds within each of us needing mending. Accompany us toward healing ways. Saving… Continue reading March Newsletter, 2022

Faith, Grief, Healing, Newsletter, Trauma recovery

February Newsletter 2022

WAITING This month finds me busy doing book interviews, planning for upcoming in-person events, and writing a couple of articles. But I am also listening to the stirrings of Spirit. Wondering when and where my first call in ordained ministry will be. In other words, I am waiting. Waiting can be frustrating. I have days… Continue reading February Newsletter 2022

Grief, Newsletter, Trauma recovery


ON THE BOOKSHELF WELCOME Welcome to my inaugural newsletter. Why a newsletter? Well honestly the idea began at the advice of every marketing person in the publishing industry. Somehow newsletters boost book sales. Believe me, I'm not producing a newsletter because I want to contribute to the clutter in your inbox. So yes, I am… Continue reading JANUARY NEWSLETTER 2022