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…]

Weekend in the Smokies

Our annual family weekend in the Smokies has ended, and new memories now blend with the old. We spent more time at the Ranger Stations this year because Kinley works on her Junior Ranger badges whenever they visit a national park. Our usual hiking was shortened due to Knox’s determination to walk it himself. So … [Read more…]

Heading South

When most people say, “And that’s when it headed south,” they mean things went terribly wrong. But for me, heading south is heading home. It can be the home in middle Tennessee where my mother lived for 36 years, but it can be other places as well. In this case, it’s home to the mountains … [Read more…]

100 Things–or maybe 21

I just found a notebook from twelve or fifteen years ago with the impressive title, “Lanita’s Lists.” The first entry says “100 Things I’ve Learned in My Life.” Wow! I thought when I found it–my life wisdom from years ago. So it turns out that the list I started so optimistically has only 21 items … [Read more…]

Spiritual Peaks

As Christians, we all have spiritual peaks and valleys, and this week so far included two spiritual peaks for me–in addition to the usual joy of worshiping with my Christian family at Central. The first was last night when over 300 of us gathered at Cincinnati Christian University with members of the Christian Church, Disciples … [Read more…]