- Spokane, Washington,
- June 07
MY RECENT POSTS
- Year of Plenty: A Reflection
December 21, 2011 05:55PM
- Avoiding junk, and other
November 08, 2011 06:32PM
- Contours of Fear:
September 11, 2011 02:50AM
- Contours of Fear: Tillich on
anxiety, fear, and courage
September 09, 2011 06:09PM
- Contours of Fear: What do you
September 08, 2011 05:00PM
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- “I remember how mortified
I felt when our son knocked
teenage boy on
September 26, 2011 06:31PM
- “Inspiring writing style.
I like how you weave humor
August 31, 2011 11:15AM
- “I'd like to title this
poem, Of Moose and Men. Great
August 30, 2011 05:23PM
- “Imagery that just
doesn't tell but paints a
picture of my
husband and son
August 29, 2011 02:40AM
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appreciate you taking the time
read and respond.
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One inspiring book has me thinking that I can do things different this time of yearâ€”that Jesus and worship and spiritual disciplines and the fruit of the Spirit can make a recognizable difference in how I live. This season…
Habit, addiction, or ritualâ€”and do the distinctions matter?
Between September 11 and October 10, I took on another 30-day challenge, this time to give up four things I enjoy: wine, junk food, dessert, and caffeine. During that time, friends would ask how… Read full post »
Thank you for joining me as I explored the topic of fear these past 30 days. Committing to doing something everyday for 30 days requires discipline and sacrifice. Iâ€™ve had much less sleep, the house is…
I credit my husband, Ernesto, for todayâ€™s post. He recommended Paul Tillichâ€™s book, The Courage To Be. Tillich draws several distinctions between
â€¢ anxiety and fear
â€¢ anxiety of death, anxiety of me…
Chances are you have never heard of neurofibromatosis or NF. Perhaps youâ€™ve seen someone with bumps on their face, head, skin, and body, bone abnormalities, loss of vision or hearing, or a droopy eyelid. The manifestations of N…
Speech act theorist John R. Searle, in exploring mental states (i.e., psychological states), mentions several including belief, fear, hope, anger, and desire (Intentionality, 4). A couple of points regarding mental states are of…
I had been battling fear for about a yearâ€”pretty much since the birth of my son Tito. It culminated the morning we checked Tito in for his brain/skull operation on April 13, 2010. He had just turned…
Religious persons tend to think of fear as a negative trait. If only the self could be rid of fear, then faith, love, and peace could grow. The great spiritual leader, Henri Nouwen, writes, â€œLove means intimacy, closeness, mutu…
My husband bought me a book by Joan Didion. The Year of Magical Thinking took four evenings to read. Didion writes of losing her husband suddenly to heart failure. He was sitting there one moment and slumped… Read full post »
The Danish philosopher/theologian Soren Kierkegaard, in Practice in Christianity, reminds us that there is plenty of fear to go around. As human beings, we fear God, people, and the self. We are fearful creatures, capable of fi…
When I become afraid and close in on myself, it is comforting to think that I am not alone, that someone cares. In sharing with a friend that Iâ€™ve been waiting for results from a recent CT…
â€œTo keep death before oneâ€™s eyes dailyâ€ ~The Holy Rule of St. Benedict
â€œSin caused your little boyâ€™s condition, but Jesus has it taken care of. Even if your son dies…
I stalled getting my two-year old out of his crib this morning to avoid yet another battle at the changing table. Conflict is the latest ritual in place of singing and playing a variation of…
In a journal, I have written letters and drawn pictures for my son over the course of his short life. The entries have grown fewer and far between. Writing to my son evokes difficult emotions…
The day fear took over, I, a new mother, became obsessed with watching the brown spots forming on my 7 week-old babyâ€™s skin. A year of fear followed.
â€¢ March 27, 2009: Tito born…
Todayâ€™s post revisits a theme covered previously on peopleâ€™s reactions to my two-year old son, Tito, when out in public.
My husband, Ernesto, took Tito to the park. All the kids were pointing Tito…
At times, Iâ€™m told that worrying changes nothing. It cannot change the facts. It cannot change what will happen. And yet I cannot help but think that the course of my sonâ€™s life will be…
Yesterday I posted on what helps in working through my fear in the day-to-day challenges with respect to my sonâ€™s tumor condition.…
When confronted with chronic, relentless fear I discover what works and what doesnâ€™t work to cope. The temptation is to numb. Iâ€™ll say more on this for tomorrowâ€™s post. In short, numbing simply cannot provide…
Worrying more about how I love and raise my son rather than what might happen to him, this is the challenge.
If I cannot completely rid myself of fear, then it must be possible to redirect…
Raising a child with a chronic medical condition demands of me a different kind of love. As one friend put it, â€œI donâ€™t want my daughter to grow up experiencing only sympathetic love.â€ My friend, whose daughter…
Day 11 of my 30-day challenge--inspired by a TED talk--to write on fear.
The ability to see is one of those fascinating
and complex systems in the human body, one taken mostly for
My blog entry dated January 2,… Read full post »
Thinking of my early childhood and now watching my two-year old, Iâ€™ve grown curious about the neurobiological components of fear, specifically the extent to which fear is innate or learned.
My first memory of being afraid…
A question worth considering: to what extent is fear innate and/or learned?
I will offer some reflections on this question on Day 10. I'm afraid that on this day I'm sick and in bed.
Any parent will tell you that fear is part of parenting. Parents worry that something bad will happen to their kids, whether it be teased, bullied, get hurt, have an accident, start hanging with the…