"Mrs. Smythe, do you know what my favorite flower is?"

I smiled at Andy, "Hmm, I don't!" 


And we're back.   


Sometimes life hurts a lot more than death.

I’m having a hard time today coming up with a way to express how my heart is broken.

But I’m going to try.

Last Saturday my darling 22 year old niece gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. 

Tomorrow we will bury him.

My brother and his family have unexpectedly found themselves at the bottom of a very dark chasm.  They are fighting each day to find the strength to get out of bed and meet the day.  Those of us who love and cherish them are trying to find our own strength so that we can hold them in our arms and carry them as far as they will allow.

There are no words, I think, to help them try to make sense of an unexpected loss. 

No words.

But tomorrow we will gather at a small country church and search for words to help a grieving family say goodbye.  This will bring a bit of a closure to a very painful week. 

But I know in my heart that this is just the beginning.  It’s the beginning of a long and painful walk out of the dark, dark chasm.  I just pray that our love and prayers will light their torches, strengthen their gait and help them find their way.

I’m praying very, very, very hard.


This is the man we should all be learning from....

I was sitting at my kitchen table tonight working on lesson plans for the week. I like to work with the television on because for SOME crazy reason I am used to background noise.  My attention turned to the show 60 Minutes, and I was captivated by the story of Frank Hall. 

You don’t know who Frank Hall is?  That’s a shame, because frankly he’s the man we should all be celebrating, applauding, honoring and emulating.  He’s the man that saved many lives after the horrible shooting at Shardon High School on February 27, 2012.  He’s the man that chased a shooter down the hallways of his school- HIS SCHOOL- and managed to get the shooter out of the building before he caused any more horrific damage. Then, he returned to the cafeteria and held the hands of three young men as they breathed their last and joined the angels. 

That’s who Frank Hall is.

But that’s not all that he is.  I would tell you the rest of his story, but instead I will tell you to head over to the 60 minute website and watch the video for yourself.  Trust me on this one.

As I wipe the tears from my face I feel an incredible need to shout the words that he so eloquently said in this interview with Scott Pelley.  He said, in so many words, “We need to protect our schools.  Our SCHOOLS should be the most important thing in this country…not Wall Street, not capital hill….but our schools.”

And what do I want to say to Frank Hall?  Frank, your name is the name we should all recognize.  Not Donald Trump, not Chris Christie, not George Clooney, Matt Damon or even Hilary Clinton.  We should ALL be talking about Frank Hall.

He’s the one whose words and actions are making sense in this crazy, painful world.