Magic Mirror

There is a little word that levels the playing field of life. Men and women alike struggle with it. It boosts a $400 billion industry. For some it consumes their time, money and mind. It is no respecter of social class, financial rank or title holder. What is this word you ask? Self-esteem. It’s like…

Make Yourself At Home

 As my breath puffs out in front of me I hurry up to my kitchen door. I already know what to expect when I open the door but it’s a joy each time. The warmth spills out as I step into my kitchen, greeted by the scent of vanilla and cranberries. The tall tree that…

Grateful for Grief

We are just shy of 1 year. Broken pipes, no heat, no ceiling and no sanity. Okay, there was a tiny bit of sanity left but after a year long house overhaul there wasn’t much. In conversation with those who have done this home remodel stuff before their knowing looks are all the same. They…

Striving to Thrive

What does a mountain climber, a butterfly and a seed have in common? I’ll give you a second… Each of these had to struggle to get to their intended ending. The mountain climber had push themselves to get to the summit. They had to keep moving onward and upward. The insect had to push its…

Once upon a time…

Once upon a time there were two teenagers. These teens decided that it was a good idea to set out on an adventure. So they did. They packed up their few boxes and bags and said “I do” and off they went. Life was grand for a minute or two. They enjoyed the freedom of…

Awe & Wonder

When was the last time something really ‘wowed’ you? Like made you stop in your tracks and appreciate the awe and wonder of it. My Dad used to have these black leather heavy binoculars from his Navy days. I loved those things. I could see for miles, but in truth I spent more time reading…

Love Letters

When I was in high school there were 2 things I could count on; 1. That my hair was never going to look good after walking to school on foggy mornings.   2. That I’d get at least 1 love note during the week. Sometimes they were folded expertly into little origami shapes and at…

If Walls Could Talk

I don’t want to brag but I’m kind of an expert on this. I’ve been the PK (Pastor’s kid) as well as the PW (Pastor’s wife); and let me tell you if our walls could talk, they’d sound a lot like yours. Are you shocked? If so, you’re not alone. You see, most congregants think…

Forgiveness: the mystery

I am a logophile. I love words, new and difficult to read words. The kind that I have to sound out in my head before saying. Words and phrases have a way of sticking in my brain and I look for opportunities to use them; not to be a smarty-pants but because I get bored with…

When “hate” Helps

For about a week now I’ve had a little thought tugging at the edges of my mind. It’s like I know there’s a good little lesson to be learned but I’ve yet to really sit down and process it. Then as I was just about ready to sit down and jot a few notes out,…

Chaos to Christmas

Deep breath in…and out. Another Christmas season under our belts. Have you begun the massive take down yet? You know the one; the lights on the house, the tree with the individually wrapped ornaments, the wrapping paper that got shoved behind the couch…and so on and so on. This year I have nothing to pack…

Kicking & Screaming

There are days when people  just make me want to throw myself onto the floor and have a huge tantrum, out of sheer frustration. I mean like the whole kicking, screaming and irrational tears kind of fit. Who’s with me?! Anyone? C’mon, you know you want to. No? Okay, next time then. But trust me….