Troubling Ourselves

Mama is dying. I’m sitting in her bedroom next to her hospital bed, the metal rail cold against my leg.  The oxygen tube is bothering her and Vicky, her caregiver, is adjusting it as I write.  “That better, Martha?”  Mama moans. Mama normally reads a page from her devotional every night with Vicky.  When I… Continue reading Troubling Ourselves

Brightened and Fed

October 3 Dear Struggling-or-Dead Rock Creek Women, In response to learning that a friend had started a prayer group for another friend who was struggling, a third friend said to me, "Well, if you're not struggling, you're dead!" How fitting a segue that is as I sit down this week to dash off this quick… Continue reading Brightened and Fed

The True Country

September 25 Dear Rock Creek Women of Hope, I am in upstate New York as I write this, enjoying a long weekend with old college friends. We have been hiking and laughing and catching up for three days now in a part of the country I've never seen before, and yet reminds me of the… Continue reading The True Country