Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday :: His Way Is the High Way

"It's my way or the highway." You've heard that phrase before, right? And maybe you've said it -- not always with words, but certainly with attitude. I know I have. One of the blessings of growing older (and there are many, trust me) is that experience teaches us a few things, even causes a mellowing of certain views, convictions and...

Read More
Five Minute Friday :: His Way Is the High Way
FamilyGood Books

Is Contentment Out of Reach, or Simply a Destination?

“It was the best time of my life.” Dad’s nostalgia on a recent Friday evening carried him back through the 35 years he spent with Boy Scouts of America. Making it all the way to one badge short of Eagle Scout (a story he’ll tell with little prompting) set him up to spend over 20 years as a Scout leader. His loyalty and dedication earned him a...

Read More
Is Contentment Out of Reach, or Simply a Destination?
Family

It’s All About Perspective :: Eyes That See

I just spent a week in San Diego. It's true, what they say -- San Diego has perfect weather and the scenery is breath-taking. In the middle of our vacation week, I learned that a dear man from our church fellowship had unexpectedly passed away. I had joined others in praying for his recovery from surgery earlier in the week. It wasn't meant to...

Read More
It’s All About Perspective :: Eyes That See
FaithFive Minute Friday

A Return to Rhythm, Roots and Ritual :: Five Minute Friday

May was a crazy month. We moved my Dad from one assisted living facility to another, celebrated Mother's Day at my house with extended family, and trips were made to Chicago and Tennessee. Whew! In the midst of that busyness, I lost the rhythm of daily time spent reading and digesting God's word and kneeling (figuratively) before Him in...

Read More
A Return to Rhythm, Roots and Ritual :: Five Minute Friday
Five Minute Friday

The Secret You :: Five Minute Friday

Can you keep a secret? I'm a bit of a loner. Most people might not suspect it, but I'd rather sit quietly in a corner with my nose in a book than work a room. Or spend a day puttering around the house, talking to the cat and doing mundane chores than heading out to the nearest mall for a girls' shopping trip. God wired me that way and if I...

Read More
The Secret You :: Five Minute Friday
Family

For Mother’s Day :: The Gift of Honest Words

I watched my Mom do this thing with grace -- and sometimes with frustration. This "sandwich generation" season I find myself in has me thinking about my Mom a lot. It's been nearly three years since she passed, rather suddenly and too soon, and it's meant a huge adjustment for all of us, especially Dad. She was the glue that held us together....

Read More
For Mother’s Day :: The Gift of Honest Words
FaithInspirational

Of Binding, Bread-Breaking and Going Home

Details from a watercolor I created some 30 years ago in an art class I took with my Dad, the real artist who inspires me every day.   He showed us how to do it. It was the first communion, the last supper, and Jesus demonstrated the act that binds, that heals, that unites. Breaking bread, pouring wine and offering it to his friends, his...

Read More
Of Binding, Bread-Breaking and Going Home
Good BooksWisdom

Celebrating Our Wonder Years and Gifting Two Books!

I love stories. In fact, they're kind of my passion. I'm delighted to point you toward a collection of stories written by women who are "of an age" -- women with a few miles on them, with some hard-won wisdom and with a perspective that's so needed in our world. I so appreciate the stories and the beautiful women in this book. Several are...

Read More
Five Minute FridayWriting

Of Books, Poetry and Getting Unstuck

Woodstock and I spent some time this week sorting through books. It's an addiction, my need to possess books. I know that and I fight it (sometimes) but when there are so many tasty words and they're rich and satisfying, why should I? I'm writing one -- a book, that is. Whether it will be tasty, I can't tell you. If it's anything like my...

Read More
Of Books, Poetry and Getting Unstuck
Slice of LifeStorytellingWriting

It’s My Turn

I'm linking up with other bloggers across the globe today to write for five minutes on one word: Turn. ~~~~~~~~~~ There are many echos from our season of raising four boys. "When is it my turn?" "You'll have to wait your turn." "Why don't I ever get a turn??" These complaints from our boys are sweet music as I watch each of them taking their...

Read More
It’s My Turn