Today I used my “map app” on my smart phone to guide me to the exact point where someone was located. Then I used it to find a particular business location and then a county fair. We are so accustomed to this modern technology that old fashioned maps are scarce. Years ago I kept state and national maps in my car, but who does that anymore?? The art of reading and following a map is fading fast and I wonder if that will pose real threats in the future. Anyway, it is still fun to look at maps and daydream about all the places to visit and explore.
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In my oncology profession, being carefree just for a moment can relieve much anxiety. Today, I post these beautiful flowers; and, as I gaze at them mindlessly, a mental fog of serenity replaces all stress—what a happy state of mind to recharge my “batteries”. My training and experience has taught me to understand how directly mental health is linked to physical health and with age this becomes more critical. Relax and enjoy the moment and as my mother always said, “Take time to smell the roses.”


82F1913F-6335-4D89-9C40-E869CD5250DD“But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man.”
‭‭John‬ ‭2:24-25‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Recently I entrusted someone to manage the training and sale of a horse in which I had part ownership. As a family friend, I gave this person the responsibility for doing something for me. I had invested in them to carry this responsibility and burden on my behalf. The paperwork was mostly lacking and the communication was totally pathetic, but I accepted these shortcomings because of the friendship. Unfortunately humans will often disappoint and the relationship became strained, ending with many regrets and hard feelings. My lesson learned—trust only in God—His love never fails.



The groundhog is an amazing animal—the only one with its own holiday! I grew up on a farm where my father planted acres of vegetable gardens, so we had groundhogs galore! They were mainly our pests, and we often killed them and gave them to a neighbor who loved to eat them. It was later in life that we started eating them ourselves—they are absolutely delicious and one of my favorite meats. The groundhog (Marmota monax), also known as a woodchuck, chuck, woodshock, groundpig, whistlepig, whistler, thickwood badger, Canada marmot, monax, moonack, weenusk, red monk and siffleux is a rodent of the family Sciuridae, belonging to the group of large ground squirrels known as marmots. Groundhogs in the wild rarely live past 6 years with an average lifespan of 2-3 years. They are primarily vegetarians and are one of only a few species that enter true hibernation, when they lose up to half their body weight. Groundhogs are used in the research of hepatitis B associated liver cancer because many have a similar viral infection. They are also used to study other metabolic conditions. As great burrowers, they have even uncovered valuable artifacts. They are limited to North America, but have inspired one of my favorite movies, Groundhog Day.

Stand Tall

D54025D5-A734-4E28-A4BA-073341F5204E“And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭58:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Stand Tall
By myself, I feel weak and pitiful and pathetic and worthless. I cannot seem to stay on the right path. Trouble ensues and everything gets worse…
Thankfully I am never alone, for God is always with me. Still I stumble and fall on a regular basis, but when I am down, all I need to do is keeping looking UP! I can stand tall because He is always with me.


24FBCE06-2880-4DFF-ABA0-638CAC201A82“”And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions.”
‭‭Joel‬ ‭2:28‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Aura may be defined as an emanation surrounding the body of a living creature and regarded as an essential part of that individual.
This energy field that surrounds each person can give information about the nature of that person. All my life, I have seen auras around people and never thought much about it until I happened to stubble upon a book about them. Scientists have concluded that auras are not real and what we see are other light phenomena, but there is no clear evidence either way. Still I see what I see and I have nothing to gain by others believing me. I believe it is a visual gift that some of us have and trying to understand how to utilize its appearance is challenging at best. Anyone else who sees auras want to comment?


6CA14072-B3DA-4792-8EB3-FE15CBE690A8“Not that we dare to classify or compare ourselves with some of those who are commending themselves. But when they measure themselves by one another and compare themselves with one another, they are without understanding. But we will not boast beyond limits, but will boast only with regard to the area of influence God assigned to us, to reach even to you.”
‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭10:12-13‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Our identity is our distinguishing character or personality.  Indeed, it is who we really are. With all the social pressures to mold us into someone that fits someone else’s desires, it is no wonder we have so many identity issues.  As I look back over my life, I think that perhaps I would have been more of the real me in a musical career.  While I had the opportunity to play several musical instruments growing up, no one rewarded that behavior like they rewarded academics.  Now I have trained so long and hard in my profession and given up the best years of musical development.  I try not to be resentful of my past so I move forward full steam, but always mindful of my identity.  I believe that we need to allow our youth to become their true selves by allowing them to seek their true identity, the one God gave them.