Archive for January, 2010


Praying for an Angel

January 26, 2010

Gretchen and her daughter Lily

For the past 6 years, I’ve been lucky to have an angel in my life. defines angel as “a person having qualities generally attributed to an angel, as beauty, purity, or kindliness.”   That describes my friend Gretchen to a tee. 

Gretchen’s tall and slender…obviously beautiful on the outside…but it only takes a minute to see she’s just as beautiful on the inside.  She’s smart and personable, traits that have taken her to a top position at Libbey Glass.  She’s a talented designer, a doting mother, devoted wife and unwavering friend.   Oh, and you should hear her sing.  She has the voice of–you guessed it–an angel. 

Gretchen's always up for fun!

When I met Gretchen she was a two-time breast cancer survivor.  I asked her once if she ever asked God “Why me?”  With a twinkle in her eye she said “I never ask ‘why me,’ I always say ‘I wonder why God gave me a cancer I can beat?'”   Her positive attitude has been an inspiration to  everyone who knows her.   

Now Gretchen needs our prayers.  Now a four-time cancer survivor, she’s in the hospital fighting off a terrible lung infection.  Her friends and family are taking shifts with her at the hospital and Friday was my turn.   It’s hard to see someone you love struggling to breathe.  But Gretchen continues to inspire people every day with her positive attitude, and amazing recovery. 

She’s a miracle…and we’re praying for her strength and recovery.  Praying for an angel.


New Year, New Blog

January 21, 2010

Oh, I just LOVE the opportunity to start anew.  Each time the calendar changes from December 31st to January 1st I try to think of the year ahead as a blank canvas, full of promise. 

In 2009, I chose to write my blog like a newspaper column on a variety of topics.  I want to THANK YOU for reading my musings, and for responding to my entries with your insightful comments.    Many of you asked if I would share more of my personal stories and family happenings through the blog, so in 2010, that’s what I will do!  The blog entries will be shorter, but more frequent, and will hopefully become a springboard for discussion and sharing ideas! 

And please:  if you have ideas for topics, please email me anytime at

Stay tuned…