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Eileen Benthal

Eileen is a writer, speaker and wellness coach with a bachelor’s degree in theology from Franciscan University. She and her husband Steve live in Jamesport and have four young adult children. Email Eileen

A holiday with bittersweet memories, but one common thread: gratitude

Eileen Benthal reflects on a lifetime of Thanksgiving holidays and understanding the meaning of gratitude.

Embracing life’s journey as a caregiver, in times of grief and joy

Experienced caregivers will tell you that there is a lot to grieve —the life we imagined our loved ones would live, a loss of independence, health, and normal life expectancy. But there is even more joy.

Taking stock, gaining perspective on all the seasons of life

ast, but we can allow it to inform our perspective on today and help us to plan for tomorrow.

Then life got small, and it was good

Sometimes we think we need to accomplish more and great things to live a purposeful life. I used to think so too until I came to realize that most times, less is more. 

‘Let go and let God’ — sage advice that’s hard to follow

Letting go and letting God has been a recurrent theme in my life for a very long time — maybe even as long as I can remember.

Slow down and enjoy where you are — it’s right where you ought to be

It is a gift to be simple and free, to wake up and breathe the morning air and discover that where we are now is exactly where we ought to be.

The radical life lessons of the Sermon on the Mount guide us in the time of COVID

when it comes to the moral decisions of how to operate in society respecting others and living in personal freedom — I find wisdom in the simplicity of the golden rule: Do unto others as you would have them do to you.”

An Independence Day reflection on the many different meanings of ‘independence’

People without disabilities or those who lack experience caring for someone with disabilities, struggle with understanding what independence means for people with special needs.

You can decide to be happy

“You can’t wait until life isn’t hard anymore before you decide to be happy.” -Jane Marczewski, aka Nightbirde.

Life lessons learned in 30 years of tending gardens

Gardening teaches us patience and determination as we learn to cooperate with both creation and the creator. There are many life lessons that can be learned and problems solved by working in the garden.