I’m a believer in Christ Jesus who wants a space to share her reflections on God’s Word.  As my husband says, writing is thinking. So, there it is, right up front.  I’m writing for my benefit and if my thoughts bless you, then to God be the glory!

As to who I am – I just turned 62.  My husband of 39 years is my best friend.  My two sons and their wives are dear brothers & sisters in Christ. We have 5 sweet grandchildren who live about 11 hours away by car.

I recently retired as a classroom French teacher.  Now I teach English as a second language and create simple videos in slow English for my YouTube channel, English without Fear. When I’m not creating ESL videos or tutoring those who want to learn English, I enjoy cooking low carb, spending time over meals with my husband and walking.   I read a ton and am acquiring Spanish through listening to podcasts, watching videos and reading.

4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Danielle
    Jan 06, 2016 @ 16:31:11

    I know you don’t know me, but my heart hurts for anyone experiencing this. Came across your blog and wanted to encourage you to look into Adrenal Fatigue. Adrenal fatique could be contributing to your husbands panic attacks. You can heal your adrenals (which is great), but takes time. The cause can be from a life event change, chronic low level stress, intermittent sleep issues, etc. Your description of him developing heart palpitations at night (I’ve experienced and went through this past year) is scary and may increase or develop at randomly sometimes. Chest pains are normal and pains will move around the chest after a panic attack – could be next day or 2-3 days later. Couple things, avoid laying on your left side because you may press on your vagus nerve which can cause palpations (this is normal). Take Vitamin C 500 MG at 10, 2, and 6. Natural Vitality magnesium drink known as Natural Calm is excellent to wind down with before bed, Nordic Naturals Omega 3 fatty acids has various benefits, but aids your nervous system. Gaia herbs makes stress response and adrenal and both aid in stress response. Lots of prayer


    • Maria
      Jan 06, 2016 @ 17:30:53

      Danielle – you are so kind to write and offer some suggestions. I will look into some of those supplements and the suggestion about not sleeping on the left side is concrete, too. I really appreciate it! And when you say take Vit C at 10, 2 and 6 – is that am or pm?
      And do you think the brand of Omega 3 fatty acids matters? I’ll look into Gaia…I do appreciate you taking the time!


  2. Lisa Stevens
    Jun 30, 2017 @ 19:20:54

    I am beyond thrilled to have found you! We have much in common, including a fondness for cooking, family, and podcasts while cleaning. I am a longtime teacher (mostly home school my 4 amazing kids), and have just been hired at a Christian school to teach high school French. I have the opportunity to create the curriculum from the ground up (just levels 1 & 2 this year), and am loathe to go the traditional text book route, although I need to be able to show that our courses meet standards… I also want a way to integrate learning the language with faith— after all, what is the purpose of communicating, if not to communicate the Gospel? However, there does not seem to be any kind of curriculum out there that is engaging, complete, includes the insights into French cultural and religious history. and equips students to use the language in authentic conversations about the faith…. Is there a TPRS program that you would recommend? I would love to talk to you!!

    Lisa Stevens
    (Boise, IDAHO)


    • Maria
      Jun 30, 2017 @ 22:01:52

      Lisa – your name sounds familiar. Have we ever met at a TPRS conference? I’d be happy to talk with you by phone. What a great opportunity God has given you. Text me and we’ll set up a time – 757 650 8021. I live in western NC. Maria


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