Reflections

The Healing Power of Crayons

One of the most popular trends in recent years is the adult coloring book craze.  There are hundreds of coloring books available that cover a myriad of subjects. Book stores, libraries, coffee shops and friendly gatherings are all places where you can...

Precious and Fragile

“You are precious. But you are not fragile.” My colleague at work shared this with another co-worker who is grieving. It had been a very difficult stretch of life with a lot going on and our friend was feeling very vulnerable and not very capable...

Oseola McCarty

Ever since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was signed into law as a national holiday by President Reagan in 1983, it has taken on a unique character that truly reflects the life and ideals of Dr. King. The day is often marked with community service projects...

The Story of the Poinsettia

Native to Central America, the poinsettia has long and interesting history. The plant flourished in Southern Mexico, and was used by the Aztecs for decorative and practical purposes. They extracted a purplish dye for use in textiles, made cosmetics from...

“We Wish You a Merry Christmas”

“We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas. We wish you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year!” When you are grieving the words bear an almost impossible fantasy. How can it be a merry Christmas when my loved one has died? And...

Holiday Help

So many of our lifetime memories are created during the holiday season. Families that are separated by distance traditionally come together for meals, gift giving, reminiscing about the old days while creating new memories. Because the holidays are so...

Tragedy and Trauma Response

In the wake of another human-scripted, violent tragedy we seek to understand and to discover a response. Already our news media has the talking heads expressing their whys of the matter and their experts weighing in regarding policy actions. Social media...

The Boys of Autumn

We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again: like Forest Lawn, the Dodgers are a Los Angeles institution.   They’ve been a part of the sports and social fabric of the southland for over half a century and have been a model of excellence...

Emergency Preparedness

It was just about a year ago when we posted a Reflections blog about September being Emergency Preparedness Month. Since then, we’ve had several fires in California and the west, including one very close to Los Angeles.  Houston was recently hit by...

How to Help in a Natural Disaster

How to Help in a Natural Disaster, by Robbie Miller Kaplan, Legacy.com In our technology-driven world, we’re witnessing breaking news; reading, seeing and hearing first-hand how these disasters personally impact individuals and communities. Who can...