Author Archives: pwmja5

About pwmja5

freelance writer, wife, mom, gardener, cook, and friend

Grieving While Running

“Everything I’m seeing and experiencing is telling me that we’re moving together through stages of grief. The hard part is, we’re also moving together through stages of a marathon. So we’re grieving while running. And we started the marathon with … Continue reading

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The Other Mary

“Now after the Sabbath, as the first day of the week began to dawn, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to see the tomb.”  Matthew 28:1 The other Mary. In the many years I have celebrated Easter Sunday in … Continue reading

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A Christmas Blessing

This will be our first Christmas without our Mom Ashley among us, since her passing some seven months ago.This morning I pulled a small blue leather book from our bookshelf, a book that Mom loved dearly and read often – … Continue reading

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Threats and Promises

At this time of year, like no other, our culture rewards overload and rebukes margin.Why only display one hundred lights on your house when you can display a thousand? We are quietly massaged into believing that exceeding our limits between … Continue reading

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Burning Rivers and Burning Phones

Social media is ablaze with reports and remarks about public mistakes.  Here in Cleveland, where the Indians just swept the Boston Red Sox in a 3-game series, the finale was marred by the jibes of TBS reporters posing with a … Continue reading

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Unexpected Brokenness

This morning I headed out the door to attend a bridal shower, a wrapped gift  in hand.  As I stepped out towards the sidewalk, the gift packaging in my hand broke loose and the gift went crashing onto the cement … Continue reading

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The Last Gift

The late April snow had not arrived yet. It was a scenic drive as we wound our way through the countryside to the military cemetery where we would honor our mother one last time before entrusting her earthly body to … Continue reading

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The Last Journey: A Good Friday Meditation

I am watching my mother-in-law slowly leaving us. Yesterday as I sat by her bedside, she lay quietly, breathing, eyes closed yet occasionally flickering as if she might stir. Her body is very weak. Always a thin woman, her slight … Continue reading

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The Fine Art of Fanning

For high school teens, this time of year brings its own special stress, in particular, the process of scheduling next year’s classes, or the next few years of classes, or even choosing a college and career path for after graduation. … Continue reading

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Thanksgiving 2015: It’s a Mad, Mad World

When Spencer Tracy, Milton Berle and Ethel Merman took to the screen in 1963 in the comedy action film, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World”,  the audience left the theater laughing and the movie producers went home with an … Continue reading

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