MORE ABOUT SURVIVAL VS. VALOR – Marilyn Armstrong

We were watching a rerun of NCIS, an episode from a few years ago. The victim had given her life to protect others and her country's secrets. "She didn't have to do it," McGee pointed out. "No," said Gibbs. "She had a choice. That's what makes her a hero." Some people have called me brave … Continue reading MORE ABOUT SURVIVAL VS. VALOR – Marilyn Armstrong

THE END OF THE WAR ON THE POND – Marilyn Armstrong

And when the nest-building and love-making are done, as the long spring afternoon stretches ahead, Mr. Mute-Swan stretches his wings and heads over to the other side of the pond to harass the demon Geese who stole his nest. No matter that he has built a new nest and it is a fine nest. "Never … Continue reading THE END OF THE WAR ON THE POND – Marilyn Armstrong

THE BEST BOOK I’VE READ ABOUT CANCER – FICTION FOR REAL LIFE – Marilyn Armstrong

Anyone who had cancer, no matter how many years have passed, knows you are never "cured." The best anyone can say is "so far, so good." Cancer isn't one disease nor is there a test to tell you whether or not your body is free of cancer cells. As this life crisis was ongoing, I … Continue reading THE BEST BOOK I’VE READ ABOUT CANCER – FICTION FOR REAL LIFE – Marilyn Armstrong

SMILING FACES, SOUR CHERRIES – Marilyn Armstrong

Bad days are like sour cherries. Even in a great batch of fruit, you hit some duds. As you munch, you're going to get some berries that are overripe, sour, or bitter. You bite into them, make a face, and put them aside. You don't eat them because they don't taste good. Life is like this. Day … Continue reading SMILING FACES, SOUR CHERRIES – Marilyn Armstrong

THEN SHE SUMMED UP FAITH IN ONE SENTENCE – Marilyn Arnstrong

I had a very dear friend who was going through a terrible time of her life, yet her Christian faith never wavered. She once told me you could sum up Christianity in a sentence. "What is that?" I asked. "Christ died," she answered, "so we would be nice to each other, even before morning coffee." … Continue reading THEN SHE SUMMED UP FAITH IN ONE SENTENCE – Marilyn Arnstrong

WHAT’S IN A NAME? – Rich Paschall

Would You Change Your Name? by Rich Paschall When I finally come around to writing a short story for SERENDIPITY, I usually get stalled at the beginning when I need to decide on character names. It seems to me that the name is important and certain names will convey certain feelings to the reader.  So, … Continue reading WHAT’S IN A NAME? – Rich Paschall

ON THE LAST DAY OF YOUR LIFE – Marilyn Armstrong

So last night, I was watching Saturday Night Live. Minimally, but sort of and at some point they were talking about "living your life as if each day were going to be your last day on Earth." Given how Earth is doing, that could be tomorrow or later today, but in the meantime ... It … Continue reading ON THE LAST DAY OF YOUR LIFE – Marilyn Armstrong