reporting in

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”
Mark Twain

“If you are suffering from a bad man’s injustice,
forgive him—lest there be two bad men.”

St. Augustine

(a healing view in NC/ Julie Cook / 2022)

I know there are a great number of questions regarding the sudden and now
lengthy absence of this blogger.

Some of you know the answers, some of you do not.

However for the sake of all involved…for this particular day,
I’ll simply stick with Mark Twain…
I am not dead.

I will say however that it has often felt like a thousand deaths over these
past many months.

In a nutshell life, my life, has turned upside down and
I will simply leave it at that.

What I would like for us all to remember however is that being turned upside down
is truly not an uncommon occurrence in the fabric of our humanness.
Most all of us, at some point or other, will experience a life that
often flips and flops.

Yet what we all need to remember is that the flipping and flopping isn’t the true nor
real story found in the turmoil…
The actual true grit of the matter is found in how we manage
through all the flipping and flopping.

I’ll just say that my family’s dynamics have changed.
No details are necessary…just the knowledge of flux and change is sufficient.

There has been both sorrow and anger.
Upheaval and tumult.
Pain and suffering.
Frustration and maybe…just maybe I can feel a bit of resolve.

So within all of the flipping and flopping, I have moved to a new state.
I am mending as I pick up my scattered pieces.

When one is attempting to put one’s life back together…routine becomes important.
And so I look forward to resuming my time spent here…a once cherished routine.
I want to be here with you—my blogging family and friends.

So with all that being said, it’s time we get reacquainted.
Please know I have missed you all.

“My God, you know infinitely better than I how little I love you.
I would not love you at all except for your grace.
It is your grace that has opened the eyes of my mind and enabled them to see your glory.
It is your grace that has touched my heart and brought upon it the influence of what is so wonderfully beautiful and fair…
O my God, whatever is nearer to me than you, things of this earth,
and things more naturally pleasing to me,
will be sure to interrupt the sight of you, unless your grace interferes.
Keep my eyes, my ears, my heart from any such miserable tyranny.
Break my bonds—raise my heart. Keep my whole being fixed on you.
Let me never lose sight of you; and, while I gaze on you,
let my love of you grow more and more everyday.”

St. John Henry Cardinal Newman, p. 44-45

43 comments on “reporting in

  1. says:


  2. Wow, this is weird. I was thinking about you this morning and was going to send you an email until I realized that I lost your email when I switched puters. You have been missed.

  3. bcparkison says:

    Prayers are always welcomed so you have mine. The mountains are usually a cure for what ever ills come our way .Take care and do turn everything over to the creator of all.

  4. Sue Cass says:

    Its nice to see you back. Jesus is our Almighty healer and He’s really good at healing our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls.

  5. hatrack4 says:

    We have missed you also. I have been praying in earnest. You are often on my mind, whether you write anything or not, as you stated – family.

    • Thank you Mark—I pray you and your wife are well!

      • hatrack4 says:

        So, so. The doctors do not think my wife has cancer and her ulcers are healed (an April Fool’s joke that was not funny with a deathly low blood count). I am about to schedule surgery on my left wrist and maybe carpal tunnel at the same time. But God is still in control.

  6. Prayers 🙏🙏🙏 Immanuel, God with us always…in every aspect of this thing called life…our weakness,His power.

  7. oneta hayes says:

    So glad you made it back to family dinner! No one can feed me meat and potatoes like you do, as you stimulate our family conversations, and sprinkle with grace and love. Love you, crumbs and all. 😀

  8. So glad you are back. You have been missed. 🙂

  9. David says:

    So good to see you back Julie. Missed you much I have (sorry if that sounds like a small green Star Wars character speaking). We have more than one family and you are a valued and precious member of my blogging family.

  10. Dawn Marie says:

    I am sending you the BIGGEST Welcome Back hug! Your absence has been felt and I wrapped you in prayer while you were away. I promise to keep you there (in my prayers) while you continue this healing journey you are on. Know that I am here for you and once again, am celebrating your return to this cyber-space. Hugs and blessings delivered to you, dear friend. 😘😘😘

  11. Know what else is tumulus, turns over and spins a lot? My washer. It does that so it can clean things more efficiently. 🙂

  12. So great to see your cookiecrumbs name in my email…the picture is evidence of God’s mighty presence in every part of our lives!! Can’t wait to read more posts from my friend!!!

  13. Salvageable says:

    It’s good to hear from you again. You have been in my thoughts and my prayers. I ask God’s blessings for you and for all your family during this turbulent time. His will be done–I don’t know what any of us could add to that. That is a beautiful view at the top of the page. J.

  14. Tricia says:

    So happy to see this post Julie and that you are back. I know it would happen at some point. Welcome my friend, hope the healing in your heart continues.

  15. SLIMJIM says:

    Wow glad you are back here; I won’t ask but I just prayed for you with all you went through

  16. pkadams says:

    I’m sorry, Cookie. 😕 But I’m glad to see you back . 💕

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