Best. Bro. Ever.

May 28th, birthday gratitude entry: Summing it up in one word, I’d have to say: HONOR. Honor is the word that I would use to best describe my brother Tom. Honor: — high respect — great esteem — adherence to what is right — adherence to conventional standard of conduct — fulfill an obligation Yep,…

When NO Means YES

I keep hearing Tom Petty’s “Free-fallin’” —   It’s about a sweet girl who “loves Jesus and America too”… but this guy, clearly a former boyfriend, breaks up with her despite her goodness – and doesn’t even miss her…   He’s freeeeeeee, free-fallin’….   I’m kinda the good girl. I love Jesus. I love what…

What’s Worse Than Sick?

As I do every New Year’s Eve, I watched It’s A Wonderful Life. (If you have yet to see this timeless classic, run-don’t-walk… it’s a keeper!)   “God” is speaking to Clarence, Angel Second Class, about his mission on earth:  George Bailey, the nicest guy ever, is standing on the edge of a bridge, preparing…

My Autistic Son Raised Me

I remember it very well. I fretted aloud that my second-born son must be deaf and/or mute. At 18 months, he had no words, minimal mutual correspondence, and displayed eccentric behaviors. My mother-in-law turned to me and quietly said, “I’ve been wanting to say something. Perhaps you should get him tested.” My heart jumped into…