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Thanks for stopping in!

Take a look around.

  • Recent posts are listed below in nice big blocks. Just click on one to read it. You’ll notice you can access older posts through the drop-down Archive menu on the right-hand side.
  • I began this blog in August 2010.  You can read my posts all the way back to then if you’d like.
  • If you’re looking for a particular post, you can search by keyword.  A few of my most-read older posts have been: Shawshank;  A Case of Chemo and a Gallon of Regret;  and Learning to Float.  
  • A few personal favorites of mine include:  On This Day, Crossing Over, Eighteen, Cloudwish, In Her Eyes, and Stairway to Heaven.
  • The menu at the very top of the home page shows categories of my writing to help narrow your search.
  • If you’re interested in hearing me preach, I am currently serving at King of Kings Church in Ann Arbor Michigan and typically preach Sundays at 9:30 a.m. The spread of the corona virus has me preaching via the YouTube channel: BeYeLifted!
  • Our online services drop at 6:30 pm Wednesday and 9:30 am Sunday.

I appreciate your taking the time to read my writing. I welcome your feedback and appreciate your understanding that this blog isn’t set up for ongoing debate. I do NOT post every comment nor do I reply to individuals through this BLOG. If you’d like to contact me to speak at an occasion or to write something specific, please click on “Contact Me” and a form will magically appear for you to fill out. I’ll get your request in my email.

Please feel free to share a post with someone using the buttons at the bottom of the post.

And about my name: marinawell is a shortened version of my birth-given name, often run together when spoken by either of my parents: Marie Noelle.

My father, Gerald Robert Duquette, died in 2001. He was a good man; a good father. I miss him. My mother, Carole Duquette-Kuehn died on March 1, 2020. Her Memorial Service took place on March 7th at King of Kings in Ann Arbor where I now serve; it was the last Memorial Service we were able to have before the corona virus demanded we shelter-in for the sake of the health of all.

Below is a photo taken when I was five years old with my mom. She encouraged me to write from the time I could hold a crayon. I hope you enjoy my writing as much as she did. She was my biggest fan.


  1. I recall always loving your writing and wit, my old friend. How many years has it been? 18? 20? I am so happy to have found you again, especially at this crossroads in your life. I’d almost lost hope of ever reconnecting. Thank goodness for social media!


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