4 De-Decorating Epiphanies

4 De-Decorating Epiphanies

What is an epiphany? The original Greek root means “revelation.” In our modern vocabulary, the word carries the idea of a serendipitous discovery, a moment of sudden mental or emotional clarity. So what epiphanies occurred to me this past week as I took down and packed away the Christmas decorations for another year? For one…

The Gift of a Wonderful Life

The Gift of a Wonderful Life

It’s a weary world, isn’t it? Often woeful, sometimes wacky, and perhaps, we ponder, worthless. But not to dishearten you! It’s a wonderful world too, which is why every Christmas Eve I give myself the lovely gift of watching the movie It’s a Wonderful Life. Because, in spite of everything, life itself comes to us…

The Power of a Name

The Power of a Name

It’s HOT in our city of Coquimbo, Chile, during this final week of the Advent season. Still, the port’s most iconic landmark, the Third Millennium Cross, towers above the summer haze on the highest hill. A testament to the power of the Name, as I reminded a group of women at a year-end tea. During…

10 Best Gifts

10 Best Gifts

Always, always, it’s the thought that counts, right? So each gift we receive, chosen with love and appreciation, offered with generosity, is special. But some are more so, and today I’m going to share the best gifts I’ve been given over a lifetime. It’s hard to choose, though. For a recent ladies’ tea hosted at…

The Christmas Dolphins

The Christmas Dolphins

In 1986 our family attended a Christmas Dolphins show at sunrise. While the military dictatorship in Chile hastened to its eventual demise, I was then a young mom living in a seaside hamlet where we still didn’t have telephones (or a bank, gas station, or pharmacy either, though that doesn’t enter into this story). But…