The Usefulness of Pain

Recently my surrogate Sicilian dad, Mario, was taken to the hospital due to severe chest pain. He spent the night in the hospital but was released the next morning when the chest pain subsided. No immediate conclusions were drawn from whatever tests may have been performed during the night. Fast forward almost two weeks. I…

The Good in Goodbyes

& the Practicality of Pain   I recently came across the quote, “Where is the good in goodbye?” ~Meredith Willson, The Music Man This question has been stewing in my mind for the last week or so. Here are a few of my thoughts on what makes goodbyes “good.” 1) The pain is a good sign.…

Beautiful Scars (Part 3)

This is the last of a trilogy of posts written by my mom, Monica Burney. Click here to read part one and here to read part two. ————————————————————————– Wounds can cut deep, especially when people who are close to us inflict them upon us. Hurtful words. Rejection. Broken promises. Abuse. All of us bear scars…

Beautiful Scars (Part 2)

In the first installment of this trilogy, I (Monica) shared about my traumatic episode of having a flying branch whip me in the eye and face, leaving me with a permanent scar. Now, I’d like to share with you about my husband’s varied personal experiences with scars. My husband is approaching seventy. In his lifetime,…

Beautiful Scars (Part 1)

The following is the first of three installments of what I like to call, “second-hand bananas.” This particular trilogy of second-hand stories were written by my mom, Monica Burney. ——————————————————————– Last fall, I was stuffing yard debris into our large recycle bin, after pruning in our backyard all afternoon. While grabbing a pile of twigs…