Celebrating 3 Years

Life changed pretty dramatically three years ago. On the evening of September 19, 2017, I had a severe stroke, and quickly lost the use of my right side and my speech. I was taken to the ER in Clearfield, then I was flown to UPMC Altoona, then onto UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh before the night … Read more

Guard Against a Victim Mentality

I have been thinking about this for a long time—a little over a year, according to my journal. Basically, I have come to realize that we must all guard against developing a victim mentality! Merriam-Webster defines “victim mentality” as … the belief that one is always a victim : the idea that bad things will … Read more

Life is Fragile!

This post is a little sobering. I drafted it back at the beginning of the pandemic and set it aside. But, I’ve found myself thinking about life, and how fragile it is.  Life has always been fragile. It’s just more noticeable during a pandemic. The truth is, none of us know how much time we … Read more

Say No to the Plateau!

A sense of urgency was drilled into me early on after my stroke. Doctors, nurses, and therapists made sure I knew that time was of the essence in my recovery. While that was certainly true, I remember reading something from a speech therapist that has stuck with me ever since. In November 2017, shortly after … Read more

My First Newsletter Piece for Wehnwood UMC

Grace and peace to all of you! (1 Thessalonians 1:1, CEB) What a crazy time to be in transition, but by God’s grace and power, we will get through this time together! I enjoyed my first Sunday at Wehnwood on July 5, and I look forward to getting to know everyone in the weeks and … Read more

Prayer for United Methodist Clergy in Transition

It’s July 1, the start of a new conference year, and for many, the beginning of a new ministry. Here is my prayer as we begin this journey in the midst of a pandemic. O God, thank you for being with each & every one of us at all times! I am especially struck by the … Read more

My Stroke Recovery

It’s been a couple of years since I wrote about the stroke I had on September 19, 2017, so I thought it was time to share an update on how my recovery is going. At the time of my post (Jan. 2018), we had recently learned I had some “residual AVM” (arteriovenous malformation, or tangled … Read more

The Power of Full Engagement

I actually read this book in 2016. It was one of the books I chose to read during my short-term sabbatical. My One Word for 2016 was Energize. I chose the word because I wanted to improve my own physical and spiritual energy levels, and I also wanted to energize others such as the church. … Read more

State of the Blog 2019

Writing has long been part of my life. I’ve kept a journal for 30 years (see 5 Benefits of Journaling). And, now I’ve written on the blog half that time, compiling more than 1,200 posts (including some by Joleen). I’ve blogged long enough to know that we go through seasons. I’ve written similar posts in … Read more

I’m an Advocate for Exercise!

Exercise may not be the most important thing. In fact, I love what the Apostle Paul says … While physical training has some value, training in holy living is useful for everything. It has promise for this life now and the life to come. — 1 Timothy 4.8 (CEB) Physical training is good, but it’s … Read more