Seed of Hope

Holding her hand for the last time, I looked around at all the familiar faces that lined her dimly lit hospital room. “I don’t know what to say,” I told my family as I choked back tears, my eyes pleading with them for help to say goodbye. They all just stared back at...

Prune (the verb, not the noun)

I hear the best time to prune roses is in the early spring. (To prune is to trim a tree, shrub, or bush by cutting away dead or overgrown branches or stems, especially to increase fruitfulness and growth). Most people are hesitant to make the cuts, but not my Dad....

Cell Phone Etiquette in the U.S.

As a child, my mother and father tried to teach me to have good manners. Some examples of good manners were things like saying “please”, “thank you”, and “excuse me”, listening when my parents were talking to me, and being on time for dinner. If ever I exhibited bad...

Helping Others

I had to stop and marvel at my friends from China and Japan. They worked hard ripping out walls, brick, and tile in homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey. They listened intently to the homeowners’ stories around the water dispenser. I thought about how much it meant to me...