Holiday Grief

Cynthia L. Eppley 12/21/2020 I’ve always known there are “grave blankets”.But for the first time I noticed “Memory” tree decorations posted on Social Media: Some refer to our loved ones, and some to our fur babies.The theology of most of these may be in question. But one thing is certain:In times of celebration, missing aContinue reading “Holiday Grief”

Home for the Holidays

Cynthia L. Eppley               12/16/2020 “Home” During holidays, our thoughts and our hearts often turn toward home. Simon and Garfunkel Wizard of Oz  “There’s no place like home, there’s no place like home…..” “There’s no Place Like Home for the Holidays” You can’t get through Christmas without hearing thisContinue reading “Home for the Holidays”

Christmas and Great Expectations

Cynthia L. Eppley 12/07/2020 It’s that Time of Year It’s Christmastime. The time of parties and family gatherings; the time of traditions and trees; the time of quiet reflection and worship.And this year will be no different: or will it?As much as we’d like to have this Christmas season be like any other, we haveContinue reading “Christmas and Great Expectations”

Songs of Thankfulness

Cynthia L. Eppley 12/02/2020 We have just celebrated the Thanksgiving holiday, at least if you are Stateside. Although it was different this year, most people still managed to make a turkey and the fixings….or join with others who were celebrating. Thanksgiving Traditions. What has struck me with this particular Thanksgiving is that we do haveContinue reading “Songs of Thankfulness”

Holiday Ho-Hum

Cynthia L. Eppley 12/02/2020 Reality Christmas seems to come earlier each year. Stores put up their trees in August! And we are inundated with ads everywhere. Smiling faces all aglow—or so it seems, doesn’t it? But there are those for whom this Christmas will be very different. How do we help those who are struggling?Continue reading “Holiday Ho-Hum”

Thanksgiving Traditions

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/24/2020 If you are ever on the roads at Thanksgiving, you will know that this is the most traveled holiday of the year.People seem to be yearning to return to Mom and Dad’s, or go over the river and through the woods to Grandmother’s house. (Do they sing that song anymore? DoContinue reading “Thanksgiving Traditions”

Cornbread and Buttermilk

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/19/2020 I’ve been on a baking spree recently, baking cornbread. Now, I love cornbread as much as the next person, but this has a background.A recipe was posted online that was from a Grandmother. It was a family favorite and often requested. It beat out homemade rolls and bread.And the love ofContinue reading “Cornbread and Buttermilk”

A World of Octobers

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/17/2020 A World of Octobers This summer was difficult, wasn’t it? Vacations were cancelled, flights were delayed, and the every growing Pandemic pressed heavily upon us.The splendor of spring and new flowers popping up was replaced by drying leaves and wilted blossoms. Too hot to garden and tend to weeds.Time to restContinue reading “A World of Octobers”

Grief and Loss During the Holidays

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/12/2020 Hard Holidays As a Counselor, I found the Holiday times to be particularly troubling to my clients. Sure, there is the stress of decorating, cleaning, setting tables, and gifts bought and wrapped. I’d say 90% of my counseling from Nov1-Jan 15 involved “Holiday issues” including “family issues.” But I also sawContinue reading “Grief and Loss During the Holidays”

Of Poppies, Service, and Dad

Cynthia L. Eppley 11/10/2020 Poppies Does anyone sell poppies anymore? I remember them as a child and teenager in my small town. I don’t think the deep implications were clear to me at that point. As I’ve gotten older I’ve come to appreciate them more. I found this explanation recently: “Wear the poppy on theContinue reading “Of Poppies, Service, and Dad”

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