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Music Medicine

Through this whole process of learning I had stage IIB pancreatic cancer, surgery, several complications and then enduring chemo and radiation treatments, music has been a constant companion.  One dear friend has been consistently sending me video links and has introduced me to several songs that have become favorites. The first video he sent me, […]

25 years

In October 1991 I moved to Irving, Texas.  I had taken a job with the Dallas Times Herald in the advertising department.  Two short months later, I found myself out of a job after the newspaper was bought by the Dallas Morning News.  More than 900 people lost their jobs. I was devastated and disillusioned […]

Speaking of Peace

Peace… where does it come from? How does one get it? When we experience upheaval or chaos in our lives, we can become disengaged with our surroundings.  We can experience shock or disillusionment. What should one do when this happens?  Of course, I think we should seek peace, we should desire resolution for the issue […]

Disappointment comes

From an early age, we learn about disappointment.  I bet most of us can remember going to the grocery store with our mother or father, and while waiting in the check out lane, our eyes gazed at all the delicious, sugary delectables.  Desiring one or all, we learned that our parents were not going to […]

I’ve decided it’s ok…

Since confirmation that I had pancreatic cancer, I haven’t really used those words.  I’m not in denial, but part of me thinks that if my surgeon removed it, then I don’t have it any longer.  It’s kind of like my gall bladder that was removed last January.  I had my gall bladder, but after the […]

Learning new norms

A little over a month ago, I had major surgery that removed parts of several organs.  I knew that part of my stomach was removed and was told repeatedly by the nurses and doctors that I need to eat 5-6 small meals a day. Well, I barely eat three times a day and much of […]

The art of waiting…

Patience is definitely an area where I have always struggled.  So, at this moment, while I am waiting to hear back from doctors or clinics, I don’t like this struggle as I wait for someone to call. And, yet, God provides little reminders for me… This picture is in a room where I am staying […]

Familiar sights, familiar sounds

Last Friday, August 12, I drove to a village near the war front on the west side of Donetsk. As I crossed the border between Dnipropetrovsk and Donetsk regions, I pulled over to take this photo. It was somewhat comforting to see, freshly painted in the Ukraine colors of blue and gold. As I pulled out […]

Life in a country at war

Let me reflect for a moment… My first look into the Ukrainian culture came in February 1994 when I arrived to live in Lugansk (far east UA). I learned much about the culture, life and language that year. I cannot speak with complete authority about the culture here, but after this long, I hope I […]

When two weeks becomes two years… and counting

This past Saturday, Central Church in Dnipro hosted a children’s Easter program for internally displaced (IDP’s) kids and their parents/ grandparents. It was encouraging to see so many people attend, but also disheartening at the same time, as it means there are still families needing help. The puppet team from another city did a beautiful […]