Lois Hjelmstad

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Compassion and courage for the times you need it.

Death of a Friend

Almost two weeks ago, I had a distinct nudging to visit a friend of ours.  Les and I have belonged to a small support group through our church since 1969. Of the original nine couples and one single, seven of the men and three women had died. Floyd, the one remaining man beside Les, had been having […]

An Anniversary I Didn’t Want

Today is April 6. Twenty-four years hasn't made a lot of difference. I wish it weren't this particular anniversary. Nothing much has changed. And yet everything changed.  Let me share an excerpt from Fine Black Lines: "On the morning of April 6, 1989, I had an unusual sense of well-being–renewal was evident in the cherry […]

Breast Cancer Is No Joke

Myth – Breast cancer is not a serious disease. Donna Peach has a new article that speaks to the way breast cancer has been trivialized in some circles to the point that people almost have the impression that no one dies from it these days. The fact is that around 40,000 women and about 400 men still […]