Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.

Sunday in South Dakota: Journey of Friendship

February 11th, 2018

The dictionary’s definition of a good friend is a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard. A real friend is there when you are struggling and need someone you can count on when times are tough. A true friend is someone difficult to find. I am incredibly fortunate to have such people in my life and I can only hope I’m as honorable of a friend as they are to me.

My friends are in various places, both geographically and economically. What makes these friendships so rare and precious is that they are trustworthy people, we’ve listened to each other through the years, we’ve offered good advice and support to each other when needed. Most of all we eat until stuffed and laugh until we cry together.

With technology today, I can keep in close contact with my friends. I deeply appreciate that while saying “goodbye for now” they demonstrated our friendship in special ways, each giving me their hearts, without resentment of my excitement over moving to Rapid City, SD and all the fresh opportunities that come along with the move. I know that they miss me as much as I miss them, but they want me to do well and will always be looking out for me. I am honestly humbled in this moment. (PS: I’m sorry I didn’t get photos of my neighbor John the best neighbor I ever wanted, Pam who has been a longtime friend and took sure good care of my things, Bob my mailman who has also been my personal favorite baker, Lenny who I always enjoy visiting, Andrea who I unexpectedly ran into at the Morikami, Valli & Paul, Bridget & her family, and Jack all of whom I wasn’t able to visit with for different reasons, Howard my movie buddy and Maria whose photo I took and lost. I also failed to photograph my Sisters & Brothers at St. John Missionary Baptist Church and the folks at the YMCA that opened their arms and welcomed me as if I’d never been absent. I thank you all.)

Take care of your friendships and commit to love them and hold them close as a most precious jewel.  

Bill Ross

Irina Veselovskaya

Jodi Pascuzzi: recruiter extraordinaire

New friend Mark Laliberte

B. Michael Paschkeyes


Richie D’Angelo

William Murry

Last look at Atlantic Ocean

New beginning – thank you for all your well wishes

Dear friends Alexandre & Elaine


February 4th, 2015

A friend loves at all times. Proverbs 17:17

When I was planning my return to West Palm Beach I packed, and prepared for my short, yet exciting, stay. At the top of my list was reuniting with good friends and not wanting to miss time with anyone. Maturity has taught me friendships are wonderful gifts to our lives straight from God.

Once I was settled in I made calls and scheduled lunches and dinners. Once together we discussed at length the many joys and challenges of the past year, and cheered each other on for upcoming events. Believe me, if you need a listening ear, a friend who is walking the same path is a great place to turn.

If you’re bursting with news about something the Lord has done in your life, an answer to prayer, a long-awaited blessing, a surprising provision, you don’t want to spill the beans to just anyone. No. You want to tell somebody who will get it. A friend who will say, “Praise God! I’m so happy for you!” We all need a friend who will listen without judgment and offer wise counsel because they’ve been there, done that, or is there right now.

In the past year I faced a challenge that not only challenged me, but challenged my friendships. Thankfully, I am blessed with wonderful friends that have offered support and who in turn allowed me to support them through their adversities. If you need someone to listen and empathize with you, consider a friend you know who could use that same kind of support. When encouragement flows both directions and honors the Lord, you’re building a friendship that will go the distance.

Friends are a gift and one of the many ways God takes care of us. We need all the things friendship offers such as encouragement, companionship, love, honesty, loyalty, and understanding. Do you know a friend that could benefit from an encouraging word today, or draw from your well of experience?

This post is dedicated to my dearest and closest friends that I’ve been fortunate enough to have been blessed with. Thank you.




Tamara's Journeys

Journeys as great as the destinations.