My time with the Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care response to Hurricane Irma in Georgia and Florida is nearly done.  Tomorrow will be my last day here. It is an interesting experience to see so much still to be done and to be walking away.  I got used to it in hospital chaplaincy, this walking... Continue Reading →


What does Red Cross Disaster Spiritual Care Look like? It looks like changing a staff member's life by teaching them how to fold a fitted sheet. Seriously and also humorously, it was an oddly meaningful moment. It fit into her bag and saved her space. It looked like helping another staff member learn how to... Continue Reading →

Surrounded by people every day, with very long days, it can be hard to find a sense of peace, let alone solitude. The Red Cross is a mostly volunteer organization. They give up time away from work, often using their vacation time that is meant to renew the soul. Instead they come and help others... Continue Reading →

I don't have encouraging words tonight. I saw devastation from the hurricane and the level of work to do is overwhelming but all of that is so small because a friend died today. My heart is broken. I thought it hurt before as I began to hear and see the havoc hurricane Irma left behind.... Continue Reading →

As I write, it is well past midnight and I am just now crawling into bed for the night. I began the day with new orders for Savannah, GA and by noon I had another set to Orlando. This is crisis response:constant change and adjustment. Part of that is because new needs are assessed, but... Continue Reading →

As you well know by now, a mistress is a woman in charge or power. Well I had no power last night or most of yesterday while Tropical Storm Irma rolled throughout South Georgia. But I was safe! The Red Cross has guidelines for safety first so that we do not add to the problem.... Continue Reading →

As usual, I am up to my elbows in activities that most are unfamiliar with. I am deployed with the Red Cross as a Spiritual Care Responder. That means I have a background in a particular faith but do not use it to care for others. Instead, I help them access their own spiritual "toolbox".... Continue Reading →

The mistress is on the run! Hurricane Irma is set to begin impacting the U.S. mainland tomorrow by lunchtime. I have deployed to help with the American Red Cross as a Disaster Spritual Care Responder. As I write, I am bunked up (finally after a very long day of travel) at Camp Grace in Roberta,... Continue Reading →

Shhhhh.  Listen. Shhhh.  Listen more. Just show up. Listen MORE. No, don't voice your opinion, even if it aligns, but especially if it doesn't. Listen.   Shhhh. I hate being an Ally.  It feels so darn helpless on the best days and is a minefield of chaos on the worst.  But pick your justice issues... Continue Reading →

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