Sanibel Memory

We have just returned from our annual pilgrimage to Sanibel Island in Florida, our Happy Place - the coveted yearly trip for just the two of us. While we were there, I was reminiscing about a time several years ago where it was not as enjoyable initially. In fact, it was downright tough at first.…

Advocacy

Bryan with roommate Glenn at Longwood Gardens. Two weeks ago our local newspaper's headline editorial piece read : "Pa.'s most vulnerable need our help". It featured some stories of families across Pennsylvania who we would deem "in crisis" due to chronic underfunding of state-contracted non-profit organizations that provide much needed support to those who cannot…

Valentine

The love of a son! I sat in my chair in the cold family room, bundled in an afghan - a lump of isolated pandemic depression. I'm not good in a normal year in mid-winter. Seasonal Affective Disorder grabs ahold of me and won't let go. And it was Valentine's Day. My husband had worked…

Gift

One happy fella! This week, Bryan received a gift from the husband of my first cousin, who lives in Florida. Bobby has known Bryan since he was a baby but, because of moving South, has not seen Bryan in many, many years. And, yet, he thought of him in a very special way. In reading…

Angel?

The littlest angel singing as a Cherub. When Bryan was born, many exclaimed "You were blessed by God with this angel from heaven!" Unfortunately, I was not feeling that way at the time. Many other thoughts swirled around in my mind - angel was not one of them. The voices continued..."God knew you would be…

Piano

Bryan has been learning to play the piano for many years. He first showed a desire as a little tyke, sitting on the bench next to me and pushing down random keys. When he became a bit older, he tried piano lessons with the church organist. That didn't last long. Music therapy with a therapist…

Chosen

Unfiltered joy. While Bryan was with us after Christmas, we decided to binge-watch the series "The Chosen". It is about the ministry of Christ. Right up Bryan's alley. The picture above was snapped after Bryan viewed one of Jesus' many miracles after calling the disciples to follow him. Watching this very human depiction of Jesus…

Epiphany

bryan has an epiphany There are several definitions of the word "epiphany". Right now, many mainline church denominations are celebrating the season of Epiphany commemorating the coming of the Magi and the first manifestation of Jesus to the Gentiles. Another definition is "an intuitive grasp of reality through something usually simple and striking". Bryan had…

Time

Delighting in the World Clock site on New Years Eve Day. In preparation for celebrating the new year, Bryan found a website which gave the times for cities around the world. He was fascinated to think that some countries had already entered 2022 and some would lag behind us in their celebrations. And what did…

Home

The ghost of Christmas Future at his childhood home this Christmas. Bryan is a homebody. When away from home on vacation or visiting family, he always wants to know when we're going home. The definition of "home" changed for him when he moved into his apartment in 2011. It was a bittersweet day for me…