Worry-free hospitality

You must be thinking, Wow, Mari’s speaking venture has really started to pay well. How else can she afford to have someone redecorate, hire a cleaning crew and pay a staff to cook for her? Can you imagine…

like water

Big, jagged pieces of concrete and old hunks pavement ground their bones deep into the mud. While they held the creek bed from eroding away, painfully absent were the smooth stones that grace lovely mountain streams and clear running brooks in far-off places–the kind of streams that parks are built around and people hike to and strip off their socks for–to place weary feet on, to caress their soles against smooth, lovely stones—allowing the tensions of hard, heavy lives to be cooled and released–carried off by a swift-moving current to places far, far away.

Going on TV…Optional

Around Thanksgiving I was watching Good Morning America.  One of their guests that day was a woman who described herself as being a misfit: overweight, awkward and bullied throughout her high school years. Not surprisingly she started college with pretty low expectations. Actually it was more like dread….of more of the same.  She said she…