How can we ever know?

How can we ever in this life know when God is working something out and when He’s simply allowing something to happen? Steve and I flew to Key West, Florida, Thursday evening. Shortly after our connecting flight left Atlanta and we arrived in Key West, we heard about the blizzard that paralyzed Hartsfield International Airport. … [Read more…]

Thin Places: Perception

As I help my mother get dressed, I look at her misshapen body, thinking, That’s what I’ll look like in twenty-two years. It is not an encouraging thought. I’m disappointed enough with my 60-year-old body now. “I’m so ashamed that you have to help me like this,” she says, adding, “I don’t know what women … [Read more…]

Memories of Mother and Aunt Fannie

I just finished reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett, a fascinating story of race relations in Jackson, Mississippi, from 1962-1964. Reading about the Southern women and their African-American maids brought back memories of our family friend, Aunt Fannie. Though some might see calling her “aunt” as a derogatory term, it was not that to us. … [Read more…]

Generational Hospitality

I’ve been thinking about what’s needed to show hospitality. A person in our church small group did not have us into his home, but hosted us at the church building and showed great hospitality. Others volunteered to bring additional food and showed their hospitality in that way. But nothing compares with having someone in your … [Read more…]

The Numbers on the Door

I’ve always found it handy to tape significant phone numbers inside the cupboard door nearest the kitchen phone. There you may find current numbers, but also numbers of the girls on Kelsey’s 1994 softball team, of stores no longer in business, of friends or relatives long dead. “I think all this needs to be thrown … [Read more…]

Happy new year!

“Julie and Julia,” surely by many considered a “chick flick,” is the most recent favorite movie of my brother John, age 55. After seeing it in the fall, he told me he wanted to try Julia Child’s cookbook, so I determined to get it for him for Christmas. When he and his family arrived at … [Read more…]

Doing One More Thing

When I went to a women’s spiritual retreat, I forgot to take my Bible. Ironic, I know. I explained to my friend that I thought I had time to do “one more thing,” and then I forgot an item central to my purpose. The “one more thing” was typing a poem for my pen pal, … [Read more…]

Fighting the Daily Details

I just watched the garbage men fight with our large, broken plastic chairmat that Steve wore out wheeling his chair between his desk and computer table. My relief at seeing the old one disappear into the mouth of the garbage truck was based on the trials involved in getting the new one in and the … [Read more…]

Fun and Feasting

The past weekend was a joyous time of fun and feasting–both physical and spiritual. A Halloween party that had outgrown the host’s house was transferred to ours, accompanied by the usual food and frivolity. The theme was “A Family Affair” and everyone came as some family member. I was “Auntie Mame,” which was great fun. … [Read more…]

Standing by the Cave

The weekend after the Smokies, Steve and I enjoyed a Fall Foliage weekend in northeast Ohio. We went to our closest national park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Akron. The color was fabulous–the perfect weekend to be there. We stayed in the park at the Inn at Brandwine Falls, which I highly recommend. We had … [Read more…]