Remembering …

Today is the 11th year anniversary of the death Irma Jeanne Chatelle, my beloved mother who died on November 30th at approximately 7 pm at her home in New Braunfels, Texas.  Although her death was expected, the timing was unusual to me in that Mom died a full two months after a day in August when we were told to ‘send for the family, she will not live beyond today’.  In those two months, she spent time with her precious grand-daughters and family, and perhaps did a lot of mental processing and preparing for her journey from this earthly life.  On that particular evening 11 years ago, shortly after my father slipped out of the house to take a much-needed walk around the block, my mother took her last breath, with me sitting beside her, holding her hand.  I think she did not want to die in front of my father.  How I wish I knew more for certain as to what was going on in her head.

This I do know for certain: I am blessed to have had her, and always have her, as my Mom.  For all those who’ve gone on before us, I am grateful on this post-thanksgiving week.  Melody

Travels, transformations and the hope of civility

Since my last post, I have had the true fortune of traveling abroad to several places, including the Holy Lands.  Never in my lifetime did I think I would see places like the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Olives, and the Wailing Wall.  The trip was truly transformational.

Also since my last post, I’ve been privileged to be a speaker in an outstanding conference on Civility as hosted by the University Christian Church in Austin, Texas.  The conference included an inspiring and extremely funny keynote talk from The Rev. Dr. Bob Lively, noted author and columnist for the Austin American-StatesmanIf you’re interested in reading Pastor Bob’s column about the event, here’s the link.  If you’d like more information on this topic, let me know.

And speaking of civility, here’s to more of it now that the November elections are over.  Hopefully our elected officials from all parties will find effective and profound ways to work together at the national, state and local levels.  Let us work together in civil steads to help make that happen.  Make your voices heard in the legislative process.  Let us transform things together.