Author Archives: 9awalsh

About 9awalsh

A genealogist and writer who has uncovered legacy stories which must be told. I also write a blog, Deciphering Life, trying to figure out why life becomes so tangled --

Can Brokenness Bring Blessedness?

Recently, I read two books on the conjunction of brokenness and blessedness.  First, Ann Voskamp’s The Broken Way: a daring path into the abundant life.  She points out that blessings can be found within our brokenness.  Everyone eventually suffers pain … Continue reading

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Make Your Bed

Make Your Bed:  Little things that can change your life…and maybe the world By Admiral William H. McRaven Reviewed by Nina Walsh, June 28, 2017 at Chautauqua Institution This is a magical little book that can bring one hope, healing, … Continue reading

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A Story of Dogs, Ship, Presidents, Speed, and Being at the Right Place at the Right Time

This morning Fox News was broadcasting the Commissioning of the new Navy aircraft carrier battleship, the Gerald R. Ford.  Wonderful event with Trump arriving by helicopter.  I had the TV on in my bedroom and living room  so that I … Continue reading

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Gratitude List

      A – Apple computers; Astronomy; Ancestors B – Birds; Bible C – Car that works; Chocolate labs; Chautauqua Institution; Christmas D – Dog as faithful companion E – Energy, enough to accomplish what I want to do F … Continue reading

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Stress Relievers

These are my favorite stress relievers or time fillers/wasters when I don’t want to do something else — like houseclean or organize a closet.  These activities  might  work for you too.  My favorites (not in any order) are — Playing … Continue reading

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To Lent or Not to Lent?

I grew up in a Baptist tradition which did not recognize Lent. After all, “Lent” is not a Biblical term and Baptists try to remain true to the Word of God. Who made it up and what does it mean? … Continue reading

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Forgiveness Is Not Easy But Necessary

When someone has slapped you down repeatedly, even when you didn’t realize your denigration for years, how do you forgive?  The only way comes from recognizing how God has forgiven us. Each of us creatures have a sprinkling of less … Continue reading

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