Less Christianese, please?


Happy to welcome you to Embrace the Struggle! Please subscribe to my RSS feed. Thank you!I learned a language by osmosis.  Never opened a book or took a class!  I speak Christianese.  Do you?  Do you know anyone who does? Well, to be more accurate, I used to speak Christianese.  I still do, to a … Read More

Ask Away Friday with Lisi P at Lisi’s Place

PicMonkey Collage

I’m at it again!  Every few weeks I dive into the pool of self-disclosure and pure entertainment that is Ask Away Friday.  This link-up party was started less than a year ago by Penny Chevalley at The Real Housewife of Caroline County, and it has really taken off.  Ask Away Friday is a question-and-answer swap … Read More

Everything that counts


I love this statue of Albert Einstein!  It’s just a few blocks away from my office.  It invariably brings out a playful spirit in the many tourists who take pictures there.   Einstein was a genius whose many quotes reverberate with wisdom and deep thought.  Among my favorites is this one: “Not everything that counts … Read More

The virus


Last week I had to carry my laptop to the computer surgeons, aka Geek Squad.  Turned out that Baby Girl was infected with a virus.  Actually, scratch that; she was infected with 25 viruses. Yep.  Twenty-five viruses.  And her operating system was corrupted and needed to be cleaned out and restored. Advanced diagnostic and repair … Read More

Foul-weather friend

foul weather friend

  “We all need “foul-weather friends” who will venture out into the weather with us.”   Holley Gerth, from “Rain on Me:  Daily Moments of Hope and Encouragement” Isn’t that the truth?  Solid friendship is built, not on the fun times, as great as they are, but on the dismal, despair-filled seasons when true friends … Read More

Got Superpowers?

wonder woman

I’ve been ruminating on the concept of  superpowers for a while now.  I’m not talking about nation states considered to be the mightiest of them all, but the human traits that can produce miraculous changes in people’s lives. This week (it had to be the week when I planned to write on superpowers!!) some bloggers … Read More

For the love of the English language


I don’t want to be pegged as the Grammar Gestapo or the Spelling Special Squad.  Lord knows the post is above my pay grade, 😉 and I don’t have the patience for it. But, for the love of the English language, can we (users of all forms of social media) please employ even a passing … Read More

Here’s to fond memories…

fond memories

 I took this photo while on vacation back home on December 31. The contrast between the tranquil waters and serene skies of the Caribbean and the cold, ice, and snow this January in Maryland, especially this week, is stark and jolting.   Add to that yesterday’s fatal shootings in a mall I visit, right here in … Read More

Not fitting in


I’m in January mode:  a bit mellow after the holidays but abuzz with dreams and hopes that I’m eager to see realized.  With those dreams and hopes comes a putting on of the “big girl pants”:  paying attention to and acting decisively on matters about which I’ve been lax or disinterested.  Like creating a will … Read More


MLK on peace

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize, given annually to “the person who shall have done the most or the best work for fraternity between nations, for the abolition or reduction of standing armies and for the holding and promotion of peace congresses”. He was, indeed, an earthly prince of … Read More