Of Baseball, Whiffle Ball and Family

July 25, 2020 Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Whiffle Ball during COVID There is a Whiffle Ball Tournament going on around the corner. This might not be notable on any other hot day of the summer, but this summer is different. This is a COVID summer. And sports are off limits. Not to be deterred, a groupContinue reading “Of Baseball, Whiffle Ball and Family”

Cancel Culture 2

Cynthia L. Eppley My most recent blog addressed the current “Cancel Culture.” I think we’d all agree that our culture is being warped and twisted by the current events around us.But if we look more closely, we will find that “there really is nothing new under the sun.” There have been World Wars, Spanish flu,Continue reading “Cancel Culture 2”

Cancel Culture

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA These are strange times in which we live. 2020 will be remembered for many things: COVID, protests and discourse, and “Cancel Culture.” Every year seems to add new terminology to our lexicon. This new term has been around for awhile, but with new meanings and applications. Understand, reader. I am notContinue reading “Cancel Culture”

Hugs: Be the Last One to Let Go

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Hugs These are strange times in this changing world. COVID has kept us home and isolated. Even though many areas have gone to “Green”, there are still restrictions and face masks are mandatory in public places. And although the numbers have been decreasing, there are areas where they are slowly rising.Continue reading “Hugs: Be the Last One to Let Go”

Of Masks and Men

Masks This is the season of Covid. If you haven’t been able to buy a mask, no problem. Home shops are popping up all over, with a variety of custom made masks. Churches have “Sew-ins” to provide masks. Personally, a neighbor made us two. And we were so grateful because we didn’t have any untilContinue reading “Of Masks and Men”

Special Needs and COVID

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Special Needs and COVID The Pandemic of the past 3 months have been challenging for all of us. Restlessness, boredom, fear and anxiety abound. Haircuts and coloring are needed by many. But a special group—those children with Special Needs, goes beyond this scope. Routine We thrive on routine and predicability. TheContinue reading “Special Needs and COVID”

An Interview Concerning COVID

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Pastor Douglas Dwyer, Addisville Church asked me to do a Q&A session around the Pandemic of COVID-19. We sought to address the following: How disruptive is the experience? Is there something wrong with feeling anxious? What are some side effects or symptoms of anxiety, such as frustration, feeling of being overwhelmed,Continue reading “An Interview Concerning COVID”

Zoom

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Zoom Right after “Social Distancing”, “Zoom Meetings” may be the new words for 2020. School’s out. Work is out. Church is out. But wait….We can always zoom a meeting! (Or whatever platform you prefer.) While we have to “Shelter in place,” it seems like Zoom has come to our rescue. AContinue reading “Zoom”

Social Distancing and Mental Health

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Social distancing and Mental health Social distancing has taken its toll on us in many ways. I’ve already written on this in my blogs on Loss and Grief.Loss in a Pandemic,Social Distancing,Grief 101Children Anxiety and CoronaBut there is so much more to this topic. Fear There is a real fear of the economicContinue reading “Social Distancing and Mental Health”

Flowers and Their Legacy

Cynthia L. Eppley, MA Flowers and Their Legacy “The earth laughs in flowers.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson. Mom I come by my gardening skills honestly: my mother was a gardener. She tended faithfully to her gardens and I must have inherited her love of beauty and the wonder of it all. Although she is gone now,Continue reading “Flowers and Their Legacy”

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