My name is Walt Bertelsen, and I’ve been married to the love of my life, Michelle, since 1970. We have three children and four grandchildren.
We lived and worked in Senegal, West Africa for many years as Christian missionaries. When we returned to the United States, I completed work in history and became a history teacher. Where I worked in North-East Los Angeles, what is now an “inner city” gang area, many of my students could not read very well and were giving up on even trying. I became a Special Education teacher for a dozen years. Michelle worked at a local college with learning disabled students as well. We were both active in our church, and eventually decided to get training in how to help people there with their marriages and other life issues. I left the classroom in 2005, but I still work with young people (middle and senior high) with autism in a public school setting. I love it.
I have done writing from time to time and found that I enjoy immensely trying to be a “word-smith” of some sort. I’ve written articles for church papers, I write mini essays as part of my own journaling, and I recently completed a thesis for a degree in biblical counseling. (I think they’ve put it on a shelf in the same warehouse where the ark was taken at the end of the first “Indiana Jones” movie, where “top” people can look into it.)
I was first inspired and encouraged to write a blog by a young Christian woman named Jennifer, who lost her earthly life to cancer. I tried blogging for awhile, but it was mostly a burden devoted to showcasing my own writing. For the past several months I’ve been tracking and commenting on a blog by another young woman, named Corinna, who also encouraged me to launch this blog, and who is searching for spiritual wisdom. Her blog has given me a chance to interact and understand some people who are outside my “Christian bubble,” and I have loved it as well.