A Journey of Mercy

 “Each day is a journey and the journey itself home,” the poet Matsuo Basho wrote more than three hundred years ago. In 2006 a journey unfolded itself before me, a journey for which I was not prepared. How does a … Continue reading

Sitting vigil: February 2011

In the still, inky hours between midnight and dawn, my father lay dying.  Unable to speak or move, struggling for breath, his vital organs shutting down, he lay there succumbing to the ravages of a severe stroke and pneumonia. It … Continue reading

Third Annual Taste of Loomis  Friday, June 19…get your tickets!

About this time last year, I gave a little shout-out for Taste of Loomis, put on by the For One Another Foundation. For those of you who attended, you can attest to the bounty of libations, food and the wonderfulness … Continue reading

Stigmatized          Cast out        …

Dago support group Ruth on the right. Linda from Diakonia Compassionate Ministry on the left Stigmatized          Cast out         Shunned                           Misunderstood                                 Feared                        Worthless        Shamed Such are the words used to describe what it felt like to be HIV+ … Continue reading

Spain to Kenya

Sitting in Madrid, getting ready to fly to Kenya in the wee hours of the morning.  Dennis and I just completed a  500 mile trek across Spain, walking in the footsteps of peregrinos (pilgrims) from France to Santiago de Compostela. … Continue reading

Little Local Town Goes International

I want to give a little shout out for the second annual Taste of Loomis on Friday, June 20, from 6:30 -10:00 P.M. If last year’s inaugural event was any indication of how great the Taste of Loomis can be, … Continue reading

Saying Good-bye

Throughout my many trips to Kenya, I have come to a deeper understanding that joy and sorrow are always intermingled.  With Christ, there is always joy, often hidden in sorrow. It is the way of the cross. The way that … Continue reading

Mercy and Clean water in Kenya

  Mercy in its essence is simple. It is Christ. Mercy comes in many forms—in a caring touch, in a kind word, in a smile.  It may come in the form of medicines, money to pay for hospital bills, food … Continue reading

Making Change for Kenya

Making Change for Kenya 27 January 2013 A high school student wrote to ask, “What was the greatest event in American history?” I can’t say. However, I suspect that like so many “great” events, it was something very simple and … Continue reading

photos and information

Hi, all, I am home after a wonderful trip to Africa.  Some of you may not have gone on the alwaysmercy site created for my musings and for photos.  There is a bit more information there than in the emails … Continue reading