Kindergarten Buddy


  Two people are better off than one, for they can  help each other succeed. If one person falls,  the other can reach out and help.  Kindergarten Class photo 1962   Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT) "Claire." Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT) "Claire." "Claire Alameda." The nurse called out my name. I'd been sitting in…

The 5 Attributes of a Mentor


“Hello?” I paused. “Is this Cynthia?”, I asked while listening to myself speak. Was that nervous voice mine? “Yes, it is.”, the woman on the other end of the phone pleasantly replied. “Hi.” I paused and stammered. “Um, well, uh, this is Claire Alameda. You probably don’t remember me but we…

My Grandmother’s Table


When I was a little girl one of my favorite places to be was at my Grandmother’s table. It wasn't particularly large or especially beautiful. There were 6, sometimes 8 chairs surrounding it. A brightly colored, flower embroidered cloth covered the wood beneath. When the tablecloth needed a wash a…

Mother’s Day Reflection


Another Mother’s Day has come and gone. I enjoy seeing the FaceBook and Instagram posts of friends sharing in family festivities. I love seeing all the smiles. I can almost smell the adorning bouquets of spring flowers. Kids surrounding Mothers and Grandmothers with hugs and homemade signs and handcrafted gifts.…

Birthday Reflections


On this, my 61st birthday, I am more than thankful for another candle on my imaginary cake.  And while I don’t enjoy the attention or share much personally on social media, today, I feel compelled to give PRAISE to the Lord who is the giver and sustainer of life.  Last…