Sinkholes and Cenotes

07. January 2019 Blog Posts 8
Three weeks ago,  a 5000-square-foot sinkhole unexpectedly opened up near a hospital in Indonesia.   We’ve all seen the disturbing photos of houses and cars sucked into the ground while everything around them stands untouched.  Sinkholes emerge when a structure is built on soft bedrock.  Eventually the rock erodes or rivers form and change, and ...

A Second Grade Lesson

31. December 2018 Blog Posts 10
Little Miss Introvert struggled socially through the first four months of Second Grade.  I dreaded the painful public loneliness of twice-daily recess.  I was not adept at making friends.  Mostly because I wouldn’t actually talk to anyone.   Still, by Christmas, somehow I had managed to make a breakthrough with a couple of patient souls. ...

The Special Catastrophe of the Christmas Story

24. December 2018 Blog Posts 0
Christmas causes the worn-out world to pause for a moment.   All of earth takes a deep breath and celebrates the coming of the King.  It recalls the familiar story in precise detail.   Uncomfortably pregnant Mary traveling per government mandate, no vacancy at the inn, the impromptu maternity ward in the barn, the sneaky wisemen ...

A Child in Red

17. December 2018 Blog Posts 10
Getting dressed for Midnight Mass as a child holds many memories:  the honor of being able to stay up past 9:00 pm, the anticipation of Christmas edging ever closer as the minutes ticked by, the excitement of seeing the neighbor’s silo adorned in lights like a flickering candle.  But one memory stands out now:  the ...

The Power in a Name

10. December 2018 Blog Posts 8
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 ...