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It’s a Beautiful Day to Listen
February 25, 2020 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey Last weekend I watched a film about an unlikely hero with unique superpowers. The film was It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The hero was Mr. Rogers, and his two-fold superpowers were caring and listening. Listening is a verb and is defined as giving one’s attention. To make an effort toRead More
The Art of Precious Scars
February 17, 2020 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey I have made it past the 1 month anniversary of Dad’s passing. The funny thing about grief is how uncomfortable it makes others. Most people look like they feel guilty when I mention Dad like they think they should be able to “fix” me. But I don’t want them to fix me.Read More
The Cowardly Schnauzer
February 10, 2020 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey We have enrolled our schnauzer, Snickers, in obedience school. We’ve wanted to do this for a while, but hated to spend the money. That changed when he began showing signs of potential aggression. We knew we couldn’t risk him biting anyone, so we hired a professional trainer for private lessons. Imagine ourRead More
A Party for the Ages
February 2, 2020 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey I’ve always thought about Heaven as I think about my IRA. I’m glad it’s there, but it has little impact on my current life. Truth be told, I haven’t spent time thinking about Heaven because it seemed a bit dull. I envisioned it as a prolonged choir event. I’m an action person.Read More
A Man of Sorrows
January 27, 2020 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey I am having a hard time with the loss of Dad. Regardless of all the grief counseling I’ve provided over the years, I was not prepared for this. It hurts. There is a child inside me that wants to throw herself on the floor and yell, “Not Fair!” And the adult insideRead More
The Fourth Man
January 10, 2020 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey Sometimes life is just mindbogglingly hard. Grief and pain are the great equalizers because no one gets a pass on these emotions. Life sucker-punches you, turns your world upside down, and you are left reeling and questioning everything you think you know about God. The Bible calls this a “testing of ourRead More
He’s in the Waiting
January 6, 2020 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey Happy New Year! I know I’m late telling you that, but I missed last week’s deadline to get my blog submitted. For someone who usually is good at keeping a schedule, I was rather appalled at myself. But I had something more important to do than write articles or run my agency.Read More
Away in a Manger
December 15, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey Merry Christmas, everyone! I pray the Christmas spirit has overtaken you by now. I know the City of Marion made this year’s Christmas very special. The event on the Square was terrific. Seeing those horse-drawn carriages hauling children bundled up in blankets was an absolute delight. We were having such a wonderfulRead More
O Little Town of Marion
December 8, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. Our City Square looks and sounds heavenly! The decorations are so pretty, and they are playing Christmas music. I live close enough to hear the carols from my house. It’s all making me want to drink cocoa, wrap presents, and dress my dogs inRead More
The World We Create
November 11, 2019 Grace ccmadmin by:  Cris Corzine-McCloskey I overheard some gossip the other day. I wasn’t sitting with the women, but I was too close to avoid hearing. As soon as they started, I could feel the air crackle with their venomous words. I wanted to run, but before I could escape, their words went into my ears andRead More