The Power in a Name

10. December 2018 Blog Posts 6
My husband loves magic. He loves to watch Penn and Teller on TV and just about any magician on stage.  He even has his own bag of tricks.  Each child had a magic-themed birthday party when they turned seven. Mostly for their dad.   So ever since our son first started college in California seven years ago, ...

Holding Loosely

03. December 2018 Blog Posts 9
As Advent arrives, I’ve been slowly and reluctantly dragging out a smattering of Christmas.  I opened a box of my favorite ornaments, the ones I had packed extra carefully.  The plastic wrapping did not coexist well with the August attic heat.  My treasures are ruined.  The ones I had tried most intently to protect, I ...

Rushing Joy

26. November 2018 Blog Posts 4
Confession:  Black Friday, Small-Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday are all in the books for this year.  And my Christmas tree still isn’t up.   This is primarily due to my new normal with heart failure.  I used to spend weeks decorating, including three trees and a ridiculous number of seasonal touches in every room.  Lately ...

Thankful or Grateful?

19. November 2018 Blog Posts 11
I’ve always been a word nerd.  Anyone else ask for a thesaurus for Christmas when they were in junior high?  After that, of course, I went through the phase of using words I didn’t fully understand, just because they made me sound smart:  ingratiate, spurious, turpitude.  Truth is, I still wake up in the middle ...

A Sprout of Eternity

12. November 2018 Blog Posts 6
As I scrolled through Instagram on Thursday morning, I noticed a post from my daughter’s friend, saying to pray for the victims of the shooting.  I had been home barely 24 hours from visiting my daughter at Pepperdine. As quickly as my home internet could churn, I started googling for information.   Of course, the unthinkable ...

Spoiler Alert

06. November 2018 Blog Posts 2
Last week I pulled up to a stoplight behind a white Subaru and noticed a bumper sticker right away. I was rolling slowly up behind them as the words came into focus:  “I love my spoiled, ungrateful children.”   Wow.  Not the worst bumper sticker I’d ever seen, but it certainly got me thinking.  Who ...

Witches, Imposters & Ghosts

29. October 2018 Blog Posts 16
The first contest I ever won involved a tiny clay sculpture I crafted and submitted to the Harper County Fair. I remember being very surprised that I had won a ribbon, considering I had only taken one art class.  And I was sure the other entries came from professional artists.   Empowered by that Reserve ...

Signed Up for All-Day

22. October 2018 Blog Posts 6
Many years ago, a new-teacher friend of mine shared a story with me that has resonated more clearly since my diagnosis.  She was on her first day of teaching First Grade.  Back then, Kindergarten was only a half day, so First Grade was an even bigger transition for most kids.   The morning went smoothly, ...

Soft Endings

15. October 2018 Blog Posts 8
The summer after second grade, I wanted two things more than I wanted to breathe:  to finally attend overnight 4-H camp like my older siblings, and to own a miniature dachshund.  In the 70s, they both cost about $35, which was a chunk of change.  I knew it, and my dad knew it, so he ...

When the Dream Dies

08. October 2018 Blog Posts 13
“Oh where is my hairbrush, oh where is my hairbrush, oh where, oh where, oh where ….”   Like 60 million other parents, we have memorized every song from all the Veggie Tales VHS tapes and DVDs. (We had kids in both eras.) Apparently, we are in good company. One in three American homes with children own them.  ...