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What Does Home Mean to You?

Home, survivor guilt, Sonoma County fires, Santa Rosa fires, evacuation, talking to friends who have lost their home, what makes a house a home.

“I just want to go home,” I said on day nine of our evacuation from the Sonoma County Fires. Tired of the chaos, uncertainty and confusion, all I could think of was the bliss of sitting in the blue recliner with my feet up. I’m not that much of a homebody, but after nine uncertain […]

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Resiliency Post-WWI: Mrs. Oswald Chambers (Part III)

resiliency, Oswald Chambers, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, WWI, England following WWI, Ian Rutledge novels, Charles Todd, Singled Out, dealing with a teenager

Biddy Chambers demonstrated even more resiliency after Oswald Chamber’s unexpected death in 1917. Left penniless with a four year-old in the middle of a YMCA camp in Egypt, Biddy had a choice. She could fall apart, or she could accept her circumstances and move forward. The YMCA leadership in Egypt asked her to stay on […]

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The Importance of the Arts in Crisis

arts in crisis, the importance of arts in crisis, Santa Rosa fires, children, dancing, singing, drawing, coloring, Mad Libs

My family has learned the importance of the arts in crisis. We’ve just come through the Sonoma County fires and the arts helped. How? When you have six adults, five children, three cats and a dog evacuated from home for a week, you need anything you can get to ease the tension. The children, in […]

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Widowhood Resiliency and Mrs. Oswald Chambers (Part II)

resiliency, widowhood, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, Biddy Chambers, WWI, Oswald Chambers, Zeitoun, Egypt, YMCA, mourning, poverty, skills

Widowhood resiliency is a skill I hope to never need. I don’t think any woman wants to learn it. For Mrs. Oswald Chambers, widowhood came young–she was thirty-four years old when Oswald Chambers died in Egypt on November 15, 1917. One hundred years ago this week. Left without a pension in the middle of the […]

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Resilience Lessons from Mrs. Oswald Chambers Part I

resilience lessons, Biddy Chambers, Mrs. Oswald Chambers, widowhood, London Blitz, fire, World War I, poverty, determination to do God's will

I’ve been learning about resilience recently and Biddy Chambers has provided lessons. Many will know my book Mrs. Oswald Chambers launched on October 17. Many don’t know my family and I were evacuated from our home for thirteen days during that period. The fires in Northern California during October, 2017 were aimed at our house–from four […]

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