Children of the World

Guardian Angel, by Janop

This is the time

This is Now

To gather the children

Of the world

Into my heart

No matter

Who they are

No matter

Where they are

No matter

Colors of their skin

No matter

They be wise

No matter

Be they slow

They live inside


With the Light

With the love

Of the Divine


Who gives the bounty

Mother Earth provides

Us all

But     Oh Divine Creator

There are children

In our world

Many children

Who live with empty


Hollow eyes

Parasites in their


From dirty water

They drink

Bathe in

There are children

Many children

Around the world

Who know the terror

Of a mass shooting

The terror of war

Bombs     gunfire

People around them


Mothers     fathers

Siblings     schoolmates

Their minds     their dreams

Clogged with the


Of rape     pillaging     killing


Divine Creator

I call to you

Hear me

Help us stop it

Help us stop it

Help us save

Our children

Hear me


I bless them

Cherish them

Love them


This is the time



Thank you     thank you     thank you



Memory: Date Night, 1967


Date Night, 1967

That photo is a riot! I had bought this long pink dress that was on sale at Neiman Marcus in Dallas when Steve and I and our four little kids were visiting Steve’s oldest brother and his wife.


Neiman Marcus, Dallas–present day

I thought it the most gorgeous dress I had ever had. I felt like a queen of something or other and that photo was taken when we were back in Waukegan on our way to some fancy function, tho, we never went to many fancy anythings in Waukegan. Maybe it was a wedding or formal dinner somewhere else. Anyway, I felt like the most fashionable creature. I posed for the photo that Steve took before we left for wherever we were going. I wore gloves, and carried a sequined bag that my mother-in law had given me when Steve and I were married. So elegant. So unlike me. But it was fun. Like dressing up in my mother’s clothes!


Wendy’s granddaughter, Aster, posing with her Nana’s fancy date night purse.

One of Nana's elegant date night clutches Aster adores playing with during dress up time.

One of Wendy’s elegant date night bags that Aster adores playing with.

Prayer for the Nigerian School Girls


Oh   Divine Creator
We call to You
In our prayer
We are One with You
As we are One with
Each other
And thus
Every young Nigerian girl
Taken in the night
Away from her school
And everything familiar
In her world
Oh   Divine Creator
In our Oneness
These beloved young girls
Are our daughters  too
We feel bereft    we grieve
For their families
Their mothers
Who do not know
Where their daughters are
Or how they have been
It is an abyss of terror
They feel
For their beloved girls

Oh  Divine Creator
Mother   Father of us all
Your Love is the greatest Power
In all the Universes
The greatest Power that radiates
In All  through All  as All
Bring this Power   this Love
To comfort them   keep them strong
Wherever they have been taken
And through this Power of Divine Love
Divine Life
We pray without ceasing
With gratitude our prayer
Is heard
That every young Nigerian girl
Be safely returned to her family
And may Your blessed Angels
Be ever their guardians
Lord Michael Himself
To bring them home

Thank you     Thank you    Thank you
And so it is……..Amen

For He has charged His angels

To guard you wherever you go          —Psalm 91.11