My Journey

Insomnia: Lessons Learned in the Dark

I didn’t want to write this. I avoided writing it. When I had set apart time to write, my fingers hovered over my keyboard. I changed the font. Changed the color. Changed the size. Looked at a news website. Pondered grocery lists. Looked out the window.  What do I...

Good Friday and Silent Saturday

This blog entry was originally posted on 4-14-2017. It has been revised here.   The Gospels give us detailed records of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. But little about that Saturday. Silence.   On Good Friday, I think of the death.   I’ve never...

Prayer cards – A late Christmas or early Valentine’s gift

I've taken an extended time away from this blog - more to come about that soon. But - just in case you were depending on me to remind you to send prayer cards to your dear ones - here I am! Prayer cards are a yearly tradition for me - as much to remind myself to pray...

For Those Who Teach

This is the first fall in 27 years that I'm not diving into another year of teaching.   Every teacher knows the rhythm of summer to fall - of closing out last year and preparing for this year. Truthfully, I have been a little lost without that familiar pattern!   With...

A Book and a Beginning and an Ending

A month ago, Randy and I handed diplomas to our last graduates. That day marked the end of over 27 years of our homeschooling odyssey. Randy asked me to make some comments before he and our children made theirs. This is what I prepared. I said most of it - plus some...

Sage Sayings #11 – a 6th century prayer for today

Last summer, I was privileged to visit the remote, mysterious island of Iona, Scotland, which is known for its Abbey. What a place! It is a memorable and moving site and is still a functioning religious community. Iona Abbey was established in the 6th century by...

Love gifts from your heart

Do you need a simple - perfect - lasting Valentine's Day gift? ♥ Print out these little cards. ♥ Put them in red envelopes (if possible - otherwise, white will suffice). ♥ Decorate the outside with hearts and endearments. Maybe add some candy! But keep it simple....

2018: For One Brief Shining Moment It Was a Happy New Year

We’re just barely into this new year but, perhaps, it’s already tarnished. Perhaps what felt like a new start, a fresh thing, a bold beginning when the fireworks were flaring has sputtered out with old worries, fresh stresses, and murky fears. Or maybe it’s just the...

There’s a Lot to NOT Do Before Christmas!

Re-visiting and revising a post from 12-15-16 - because I don't have much new to say! * * * * * If I had this blogging thing figured out, I would have written an Advent planning post months ago and scheduled it to publish the week before the advent of Advent. But -...

When Belief and UnBelief are at War

I’m always struck by the desperate father in Mark 9. You know the story but envision it with me. To recap: Jesus had been with Peter, James, and John on the mountain and was transfigured. We don't know with certainty what happened or what it meant. Jesus became...

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