Marie Wells Coutu


5 things I learned from Samaritan woman
If you Google “things I learned from,” you get more than 200 million possible results. You can find posts about things I learned from my mother, my sister, my patients. From watching movies, from Winnie the Pooh, from a cow. Then there’s the “Advice from…” category. We have a refrigerator […]

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Superheroes, Wonder Woman
Wonder Woman is the latest in a plethora of superhero movies released in the last few years. When we saw the movie recently, most of the trailers featured more “superheroes.” And I realized that the world has always looked for a rescuer, someone to save us from evil, from grief, […]

We Need a Superhero…or Do We?



Memories
Remember the Barbra Streisand song “The Way We Were”? “Memories light the corners of my mind.” Those lyrics came to mind recently when we decided to go through a box of old photos and slides. (For you younger readers, “slides” are a pre-PowerPoint way of displaying photos to a group.) […]

Sorting Through Memories


Writing a new story
If you look for them, you can find stories all around you. We’ve just celebrated Memorial Day, which is really all about the stories of soldiers who died to serve our country. Behind every name and every tombstone, there’s a true and fascinating story. Even my three-year-old granddaughter makes up […]

Life’s a Story



Simple pleasures
Fulfilled expectations can be delightful, but sometimes the unexpected surprises bring simple pleasure. I wrote recently about expectations, such as hanging a hummingbird feeder and expecting visitors to come to it. A few days later, a female actually showed up, and we were delighted. She’s been back several times since. […]

Simple Pleasures


Expecting hummingbirds
We all have expectations. Some are for big accomplishments, some for little things. For instance, we just hung our hummingbird feeder out for this season. Now we expect hummingbirds to visit. Never mind that only a few came to our feeders last year. This year, we have great expectations that […]

Not-so-great Expectations



What do those stones mean to you?
Memories are funny things. Some are wonderful, while others are so horrid we’d rather forget them, but can’t. A smell, a tune, or a taste can trigger a memory. Sometimes we remember an incident so insignificant, we don’t even know why it came to mind. Then there are the “memories” […]

Memories


Nothing ever occurs to God.
“Has it ever occurred to you that nothing ever occurs to God?” Our pastor threw out that little nugget as a side comment in a sermon on faith, and it stuck with me. There are no surprises for God. He’s not sitting around thinking, and then gets a brainstorm: “Hey, […]

No Surprises



Broken eggshells
Easter Monday. Leftover candy, remnants of fake grass, and perhaps hidden eggs never found. What are we to do when the celebration is over? Clean up the mess and go on as if it never happened? That’s not what the disciples did, and we shouldn’t either. If Resurrection Sunday means […]

The Days After Easter


As Holy Week begins, it seems fitting to be reminded of the significance of the cross. I heard that some hymnals have removed all the songs that refer to the cross or to the blood of Jesus. If that’s true (and I have no proof that it is), they would […]

The Cross Is Enough