Treasure Hunting

treasure-chest-2-1421834-639x590Happy Valentine’s Day
I’m aware that it’s risky to talk about relationships around Valentine’s Day. My readers will come from various backgrounds and have been through differing experiences, so writing a single article to communicate with them all is a challenge.
Some of you want with all your heart to be in a relationship in which you are loved lavishly and in which you free to love in return the object of your affection. You are waiting for Mr. Right and he hasn’t yet appeared. Or you are ready for the woman of your dreams who will be the love of your life, but so far her arrival has been delayed. And this may have gone on for an exasperatingly long time.
A few of you have been so wounded by the last person you gave your heart to (or maybe it was the cumulative effect of several times you allowed yourself to love, and lost) that you can’t see yourself even entertaining the thought of a love relationship. You’ve decided there is just too much potential for heartache, so you’ve given up the search.
Some of you had a good relationship with just the partner for you, but all too soon they died, a victim of illness or disease, an accident, or military action. I am so sorry for your loss and apologize in advance if my words tap on the wounded regions of your heart.Continue reading

No Fear of Death

creeping-shadows-1521632-1279x832There is often meaning that lies below the surface, more to a story than meets the eye.

At one point in our history, my sisters and I were making it a yearly habit to exchange Christmas ornaments with one another. For several years the four of us would create or find distinctive adornments for the tree that we would then mail across town, across the state, or in my case, across the country, as a way of amplifying Christmas cheer. This tradition ended about a half dozen years ago.Continue reading