Scars As I was driving down the road listening to the radio one day, a new song I hadn’t heard before came on. I turned the volume up so that I could hear the words better. My eyes began to fill with tears over the lyrics that resonated with me. The words reminded me of … More Scars

Your Enemy Waits

Your Enemy Waits Watching the birds gather around the feeder is a preoccupation of mine, especially on a “cool-ish” morning with a hot cup of coffee in hand.  On this morning, a most gorgeous group of birds, red, blue, and even woodpeckers flitted from the feeder to the ground, scattering hulls to find their favorite … More Your Enemy Waits

A Seasoned Life

A Seasoned Life I have developed a love for cooking with cast iron skillets in the last few years. My absolute favorite one is an antique skillet that once belonged to my husband’s grandmother. I love hearing the stories of the many things she loved to cook in it, from fried chicken to cornbread. I … More A Seasoned Life

A Perfect Dilemma

A Perfect Dilemma This was a dilemma as we would say, of Biblical proportion.  In fact, it was epic. Mary had conceived a baby…..not just any baby.  Joseph was about to become married to a pregnant girl….the pregnancy and baby was not of his making.  Mary was told by the angel that she was honored … More A Perfect Dilemma

Light of The World

Light of The World The magnificence of the sun makes every child want to stare at it.  Now, we all know that the intense light of the sun just doesn’t allow us to stare for long.   During eclipses when the sun is partially hidden, the media overloads us with warnings not to stare because the … More Light of The World

Give Thanks

Give Thanks Thanksgiving brings about reflection.  The day evokes thoughts and emotions in all of us: food, football, parades, celebration, family, and memory-making.  Some years, our reflections at Thanksgiving are good: great job, new spouse, new baby, new home, great friends, money enough and sometimes money to spare.  You have the respect of peers and … More Give Thanks

No Greater Love

No Greater Love Thousands of white crosses stood straight, peppering the manicured green fields.   In all directions as far as the natural eye could see, individual crosses marked the tremendous loss and ultimate sacrifice of over 9,000 American soldiers.  Standing in the military cemetery at Normandy, it’s impossible not to be pensive and speechless. Every … More No Greater Love

There is a Season

There is a Season After the scorching days of summer, we race to the coffee shop, the grocery, and the closest store that sells candles and home fragrance for the first pumpkin spice.  Why?  Fall is a welcome relief from the heat and signals change.  The smell of apples, the color of leaves, and the … More There is a Season

Leaf Season

Leaf Season On a cold and brisk November day, the leaves kept coming down as the wind blew harder.  I gave up raking leaves and went in. The next day was like the movie, Ground Hog Day, where the same scenes repeat.  I raked, blew, gathered, ported, and dumped leaves, and by the end of … More Leaf Season


Decisions Heading deep into the desert, we reached a simple green road sign in Needles, CA that read, “99 miles to the next gas station.”  The sign was strategically placed at a small intersection where a lone gas station sat amid nothing but drifting sand and desert.  This was a decision point for travelers, and … More Decisions