Believe it or not, there are a couple of contributing authors to He Restores My Soul I have yet to meet in person. One of them is Californian, Deaconess Pamela Boehle-Silva, R. N.
That being said, after serving as Pamela’s content editor, I feel like I have known this woman all my life, and I adore her. Read on to see why.
Describe a normal day in the life of Deac. Boehle-Silva:
Get up about 4:45, make an espresso, throw in a load of laundry, read to prime the pump (poetry or some spiritual writing and Scripture), write for about 30 minutes, do some yoga, eat breakfast with my husband and do our daily devotions together, hopefully get in a walk before I head to Holy Cross for a day of diaconal work, then the day is open: visiting those in need at home or in the hospital or nursing home, prepping for teaching Bible classes, catechesis of youth, reading, writing, checking in with folks about “stuff,” and after work I might take a yoga class, cook dinner, work in the yard, read or watch a little TV, then tuck myself in bed early!
(Can you tell I like routine???? Like the rhythm of the liturgy, I find the extraordinary in the ordinary.)
What three words best describe your personality?
Oh, boy, that depends on who you talk to! Lively (headstrong!), passionate, compassionate.
Who do you go to for advice?
Well, it used to be my mama….now, my husband, a few close friends, and my trusty notebook which is another form of prayer for me.
What do you like to read?
Poetry, Classical literature, and a wide variety of spiritual writers: Kathleen Norris, Eugene Peterson, Heather King, Henri Nouwen, Anthony Esolen, and a variety of CTSFW seminary professors!
Beverage of choice?
Cappuccino or a Latin American drink: lemonade blended with mint and ice
Mac or PC?
What do you want to eat when Mom is cooking?
Well, back in the day … bread pudding, roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, chocolate chip cookies, and chocolate torte.
Which song do you hum the most?
Depends on what I am listening to … could even be a hymn or the liturgy from Sunday.
If you could name the heroine of a fiction book, she would be called:
Margarita — named after a friend of mine from Mexico who is one of the bravest, kindest, hardest working women I know.
What scenery do you want to be viewing?
Ocean, mountains, or any kind of flowers and trees
Shoe of choice?
Favorite movie villain?
Nurse Ratched in One Flew Over the Cukoo’s Nest
Which Psalm do you pray the most?
What is your chapter about?
Caring for someone with dementia; finding joy in the midst of sorrow, hope in the midst of grief and despair; relying on God’s promises always to remember us even if our own memory fails; the wounds of the crucified and risen Christ as our anchor; how God’s goodness and mercy follow us all the length of our days to sustain us in our trials; how even a disease like dementia cannot rob us of God’s mercy.
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