Magical Memories

Magical Memories

I can remember it … just like it was yesterday.  It’s a phrase I’ve heard hundreds of times and used many times myself. Memories do light the corners of our mind. It’s hard for me to even hear the word “memories” without clearly recalling the hit song from Barbara...
Epiphany in America

Epiphany in America

This isn’t The Porch reflection I intended to share on this First Thursday of the New Year. I had been reflecting on 2020 and had been relishing-in (or fantasizing-about) thoughts of new beginnings. Yet, yesterday in America, the 6th day of a New Year – it all felt...
The Truth on Tradition

The Truth on Tradition

Let me just say it upfront:  I love tradition!  And let me repeat that:  I really love tradition!! Traditions are, in fact, meaningful repetitions. No doubt, you can think of numerous traditions that you have embraced and enjoyed throughout your own life journey....
Lost and Found

Lost and Found

This past Monday, I was on a Zoom gathering when a woman shared what she had read in a column in the newspaper the day before.  While she set the context, I was curious about what she seemed so ready to share.  I was ready to process it intellectually and was...
Let’s Gather ‘Round

Let’s Gather ‘Round

I often think of a quote, that I first read a couple of decades ago, in a book titled Management of the Absurd. Actually, what I remember is a paraphrased version that spoke to me more directly: Most every weakness that one experiences can almost always be traced to a...
Perennial Presence

Perennial Presence

Have you ever had one of those moments when you were thinking about a friend and your phone rings – and it was them calling you?  I have a friend where, on several occasions, our emails have passed through each other in cyberspace.  And, of course, there are those...