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 … [Read more...] about Holding Loosely
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 … [Read more...] about Rushing Joy
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 … [Read more...] about Thankful or Grateful?
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 … [Read more...] about A Sprout of Eternity
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 … [Read more...] about Spoiler Alert
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 … [Read more...] about Witches, Imposters & Ghosts