Category Archives: Mariner Articles

BEING PEACE


Post Image At the risk of being Debbie Downer, the polar opposite of my usual Pollyanna, please bear with me as Debbie speaks first, and then Pollyanna. While talking with my best friend in the wake of the horrific shooting in Sutherland Springs, I was utterly taken aback by her question: “does your church have security precautions in place for this kind of thing?” Following our conversation, when I hung up the phone, I sat with overwhelming sadness in my heart and literally, tears in my eyes.… Read More Continue reading...

I’d rather you heard it from me…..


Post Image Okay, I’d rather you heard this from me than through the grapevine. I have an embarrassing confession to make. First, I want to tell you a story I’ve heard in the Finnie family for many years.  My telling of it may not be entirely accurate.… Read More Continue reading...

FALL


Post Image I was going to share this column weeks ago when a humid spell had me panting for a cool breeze. Then, came some unseasonably cool few days! I realized if I shared my love of fall before Labor Day some might feel I was wishing their summer away.… Read More Continue reading...

Palliative Care and Hospice Q & A, Part 4 in a Series


Post Image This week, Frequently Asked Questions: Palliative Care and Hospice Care What is the difference between palliative care and hospice care? Both palliative care and hospice care provide comfort. But palliative care can begin at diagnosis, and at the same time as treatment.… Read More Continue reading...

File for Life – IT’S YOUR LIFE- Part 3 in a Series


Post Image This column is Part 3 of 4 in this series which I hope is providing FOOD FOR THOUGHT encouraging conversations about advanced care planning ahead of serious illness or a medical crisis. By having these conversations early, you and your loved ones can make informed decisions if or when it becomes necessary.… Read More Continue reading...

How You Live, Part 2 in a Series


Post Image Previously, I shared Part 1: “When is it time to call in hospice? and Why?” which offered some FOOD FOR THOUGHT that you might rather avoid, like when your mom made you try one forkful of Brussel sprouts or liver. It’s likely you don’t want to digest this information, either, but I hope you’ll at least try to let a bit of it in.… Read More Continue reading...

The Cardinal- Part 1-1/2 in a Series


Post Image Several weeks ago I began writing a series of columns related to end of life planning, hospice care, and choices. Daunting, but in my opinion, essential topics to ponder. I hope you will hang in here with me, read this series, and take it as vital Food For Thought.… Read More Continue reading...

When is it time to call in hospice? and Why? Part 1 in a series


Post Image First of all, I want to say that I’m not an expert on the end of life (EOL) process. That said, I have had the honor of being present with people shortly before, or as they passed from this life. I realize that idea creeps out many people, but to me, the experience is a sacred honor.… Read More Continue reading...

X-Plan Follow-up Questions


Post Image Last time, I shared Bert Fulks  X-Plan; a tactic to help your teenager get out of an uncomfortable or dangerous situation, and still save face with their peers. Here’s how X-Plan works: (in Fulks’ words) Let’s say that my youngest, Danny, gets dropped off at a party. … Read More Continue reading...

The X-Plan


Post Image   Every parent worries about the possibility their teenager may find themselves in a situation where they are they are uncomfortable or dangerous. They may not always feel they have a way out that they can exercise and save face with their peers.… Read More Continue reading...
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