• Voice therapy

    Sometimes in life it seems that things catch up with us.  Often they aren’t overly difficult things, but over time they build up to the point where damage to the body or spirit is done.  Sometimes these things have become so entrenched that we might not even realize that these bad habits have taken over and the good ones long forgotten. I learned this lesson yesterday when I went to a session of voice therapy.  After suffering for four months with vocal issues, which vocal rest did little to alleviate, I decided that something else was needed to improve my quality of life.  In surfing the internet I came across…

  • The Buddy Bench

    I recently saw an article in the newspaper about a local school that has a buddy bench in the playground area.  The purpose of this bench is to help children connect with others.  Children that sit on the buddy bench are signifying that they don’t have anyone to play with but would like to be playing with someone.  Other students are encouraged to look at who is sitting on the buddy bench and reach out to him or her. There have been a number of times in my life when I could have used a buddy bench.  I have moved a number of times and my quiet nature makes it…

  • What the past is good for

    I came across a great quote by Corrie ten Boom “This is what the past is for.  Every experience God gives us, every person He puts into our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.” God has put some interesting people in my life.  I have moved quite a bit and have met people from all walks of life.  Some of have become life long friends and others are remembered for their less than stellar qualities.  I have also had a variety of experiences having lived in different parts of the country.  All of these things shape who I am and how I view…

  • Confusion

    It’s so confusing – one authority says something is good for you and the next authority says it is not.  I really value eating healthy and taking care of my body.  I would like to be as preventative as possible, doing things that prevent disease and ailments.  But who do I believe?  Reading natural health things on the internet is overwhelming as there are a myriad of choices and opinions out there.  How I wish there was just one authority that I could follow and know that I was doing the right thing for my health. Thankfully such is not the case in the spiritual part of my life.  While…

  • Driving on auto pilot

    This morning I had to take an unexpected run into the city for an errand which is about a half hour drive for me.  I didn’t sleep well last night and was kind of on the droopy side but the errand needed to be done.  I left early so the freeway wasn’t overly busy thankfully. About half way through my journey I looked around and wondered how I managed to travel the last few miles without really paying attention.  Has that ever happened to you?  Someone the driving part of my brain kept going even though some other parts weren’t totally with it.  Thankfully I am safely back at home…

  • Being prepared

    I don’t know if it would be considered a character flaw or asset – I really like to be prepared for things.  It gives me a sense of security to know I have everything ready for whatever it is on my agenda.  I can devote a considerable amount of time in getting ready for things, paying attention to many details and making sure everything is in order. Putting my assurance in things done on my to do list might ease my mind for the moment, but does it really have any long lasting value?  Not in the least.  Basing my security on my own inept skills of preparedness really doesn’t…

  • Easter joy

    What’s not to like about Easter?  Time with family…good food…lots of chocolate.  It would be easy to follow the world’s pattern and leave it at that.  While I enjoyed my family dinner yesterday and seeing loved ones I don’t see often, Easter is much more than just us having a special day together. I find the account of the women at the tomb most interesting.  Can you imagine grieving and heading out to the tomb to do one last act of love for your dear one only to find Him missing?  Upon discovering Jesus’ body gone, the women were alarmed and even more grief stricken.  Yet, it was one of…

  • Soloing

    Tonight I was back at choir practice, even though there were still remnants of voice issues.  The music we are doing for our spring concerts is full of the joy and hope of Easter and the love of our Saviour.  It is truly a joy to sing and it felt great to be back. My choir is a wonderful group of people who have a lot of fun singing and being together.  It has become a highlight for my week and a fun way to get out of the house and contribute to the community.  For me, being my quiet self, it has taken some time to get into the…