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Chandra was still not conscious when she began to speak to her parents in the ICU unit. She spoke as if in a dream, describing a big room with two doors where she sat waiting with several other people. She explained that she had to decide which door she wanted to walk through. A really nice man, dressed in white smiled at her and told her that she was completely free to walk through either door. One door would bring her back to her life on earth. If she liked, she could across the room, take the nice man’s hand and walk through the other door.

In the beginning, Chandra spoke weakly,... Read More

How could parents make sure that their children were getting sunlight and fresh air when living in apartment buildings? The baby cage, ca. 1937

Little girl comforting her doll in the ruins of her bomb damaged home, London , 1940

The real Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin,ca. 1927

Artificial legs, United Kingdom , ca. 1890

.Animals being used as a part of medical therapy in 1956

Santa Claus in New York, ca. 1900

Operation Baby lift: Vietnamese orphans transported by airplanes to America in 1975

http://czarniklife.wordpress.com/2013/05/27/history-lesson-and-interesting-photos-yes/

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One of my inner images which describes my struggle to surrender control is of a wagon wheel.

This wheel is suspended over a deep chasm,

My large family of 10 is on the rim of a wagon wheel hovering over this chasm,

while I stand on the hub,

frantically turning this way and that

to hold all the broken spokes together.

I KNOW that I must let go of this futile sense of responsibility and control

I am afraid to stop.

I am trapped.

Yet, I realize that

my tension prevents natural, organic growth and healing.

My control... Read More

When I remember that I am a writer, a born writer, not someone trying hard to write on their own, then work becomes play. God gave me a love of books and an artistic gift of writing and drawing. When I simply relax and enjoy life as a child of God, then I can allow Him to work through my fingers and my imagination. Now we create together. It is a joyful experience.

MY FAMILY'S LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOKS IS A GENERATIONAL BLESSING. My maternal grandfather, uncles and my mother love to read. I in turn love books.In fact, I have always loved books, reading voraciously as a child. I remember... Read More

God reminds me yet again to rest. Resting in God means that I stop striving, stop my earnest efforts to become holy. Resting means giving up control. Resting is simply relaxing in His presence as I allow only the Holy Spirit to transform me.

I live in time. I am a slave to time.

I see my life in God as a progression, a journey. This attitude is tainted even more by the human tendency to turn everything into a contest, a competion. In my sinfulness, I want to climb the ladder to perfection, to be the best. Although it seems like a holy goal to strain towards sainthood, I manage... Read More

Last week, my spiritual director causally mentioned that now my writing online would be blessed, that it would flourish.Two days later, after leaving a comment on Catholic Attachment Parenting Corner, the editor, Kim, e-mailed me .

"I’ve actually been thinking about you. I know you are busy and have other writing commitments but you’ve been on my heart for a while. I would love it if you’d join our writing staff or at least consider writing one piece or a series of articles on a particular topic. I feel you have a unique perspective as an experienced mom looking at this gentle parenting... Read More

I have fallen in love with icons. Looking at them is not like appreciating a great painting; there is a spirit to Spirit connection that occurs. Painted in prayer, saturated with the Holy Spirit, a wordless flow of the love, light and most especially and an energizing joy fills my soul as God Himself blesses me as I meditate on them. I simply open my heart, soul and spirit to the icon. It is powerful and direct; the perfect way to connect with God when I am exhausted. God is in charge as I let go of mental logic and control and allow the Spirit of the Lord Himself to minister to me through... Read More

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