Category Archives: Mindfulness and Prayers

On Scattering Ashes, Sharing Memories, and Sacred Places

Pastor Mariellen Yoshino, senior pastor at LAUMC, and I recently shared an inspirational and private time at a peaceful location, which I will keep secret. Pastor Mariellen had never been there and was enthralled with the beauty. The idea of … Continue reading

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Memories of Kevin

March 3, 1981 – June 13, 1996 Kevin (known as Coco) is on my mind today. Nineteen years ago I was sitting in ICU at Children’s Hospital at Stanford at Coco’s bedside. He was in a coma caused by meningitis. … Continue reading

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SOUND – SILENCE

Christmas comes in a symphony of sound Bells ringing clear and deep The lowing of cattle, the bleat of a lamb, the cooing of doves, a baby’s cry Magnificent choirs filling Gothic arches Shouts and laughter among sleigh bells in … Continue reading

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Remembering My Mom

Mildred McConnell Tait Aiken April 22, 1916 – September 30, 2000 Fourteen years ago, I held my mother’s calm, weak hands. I removed her worn wedding rings to pass on to her oldest granddaughter, and I sang, Abide with Me. … Continue reading

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Journey of Faith

I have attended church and church related activities since I was an infant. My parents’ involvement with the small United Methodist Church in my home community was of great importance in their lives. Since Mom was the organist and Dad … Continue reading

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O. Glenn Aiken

O. Glenn Aiken, my beloved father, is in my heart today. Emotions began to rise when we sang the hymn “What Wondrous Love Is This” in church this morning. This was one of the songs my sister selected to be … Continue reading

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March Brings… (Part Three)

March brings: wildlife – bunnies, skunks, gophers, all kinds of songbirds, and hummingbirds in my orange tree. I’m not a skilled photographer to catch their images like my friend Mr. Flexman back home in Pennsylvania, although I enjoy seeing the … Continue reading

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March Brings… (Part Two)

March brings delicate blossoms on my fruit trees. You can see the citrus have both mature fruit that’s ready to pick along with blossoms for the new fruit of next year. The plum and persimmon trees are showing new growth. … Continue reading

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March Brings…

March brings the beauty and wonder of creation to our house. My yard is splattered with stunning colors of the spectrum. First came the white clusters of narcissus. Blossoms soon followed them on the flowering crabapple trees. Roses, irises, and … Continue reading

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Sanctuary Among The Hills

About three feet from the muddy banks of the ordinarily shallow creek in the unmown field, I lay underneath two scrawny crabapple trees. Here was a sanctuary that held beauty every season of the year: greens that glistened in the … Continue reading

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