Weekend Adventures

So we had another “grandson weekend.” Knox, 10, stayed with us while his parents and older sister went to Winterfest, a spiritual weekend retreat for middle and high school students and their adult leaders. Many places have a “Winterfest,” but this one is sponsored by a cappella churches of Christ and attended by other groups … [Read more…]

Please Subscribe Again!

You may notice that I have a new format for my blog posts and website. With this change comes a need to move to another server for delivering my blog posts to your inbox. So would you please take a moment to subscribe again, using the form at the right? I’d hate for you to miss … [Read more…]

Human Rights

When our daughter’s birth mother was pregnant, she had an appointment at an abortion clinic and  changed her mind, leaving the waiting room. We have ever been grateful for her decision. Even before that, we were appalled by Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision approving abortion. Our family has always had strong objections … [Read more…]

Mr. Jess Saves the Day

I’m fortunate that my buffet has an excellent drawer for silver, including tarnish-proof cloth under and over the silver. My sterling pattern is Gorham Andante and we received most of it as wedding gifts. My parents gave us the rest for Christmas and birthday gifts the first few years after we were married. I was … [Read more…]

Jump on the Streetcar!

On Saturday mornings, Steve and I go to Findlay Market, one of our favorite places in Cincinnati. In the winter, it is warm and cozy inside; in the summer the outside activity is vibrant. On a recent Saturday, we were sitting at outside tables with our coffee and pastries, people-watching as usual. But then we … [Read more…]

Some Months are Like That

I’m reminded of one of our favorite children’s books, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, except for me it’s a month, not a day. I’d quote it exactly, but it’s packed up with most of my basement. But I am getting ahead of my story. A month ago, … [Read more…]

A Lesson From Some Plates

I collect alphabet plates—those teaching dishes, mostly from nineteenth century England, with a border of the ABCs. The idea was that children would learn as they ate. Over the years, I‘ve collected quite a few, so this weekend I decided to try to organize them. Turned out to be an impossible task! Like people, the … [Read more…]

Greetings from El Valle, Panama

As we have learned more about the origin of the Iglesia de Cristo in El Valle, we realized that we misunderstood who was the first contact made by the Carters. I have corrected this entry to recognize that Nico and his wife Bianca were the first converts here. El Valle is the Panama version of … [Read more…]