My Journey

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...

Sage Sayings #10 – my ungrateful heart

It's Thanksgiving week. Sometimes, our hearts explode with gratitude. At other times, we cringe at the word. Just proclaiming that this is Thanksgiving, does not make us thankful. We've been told to give thanks. This isn't a commandment to have good manners or to be a...

Sage Sayings #9

Elevenses - a British term that was unfamiliar in the U.S. until the delightful scene in The Lord of the Rings in which Pippin laments that there would be no stopping for Hobbit snacking. Elevenses is known in Great Britain as a short pause at 11:00 for a cup of tea...

The Eustace Phenomenon

One of my favorite portions of The Chronicles of Narnia is chapter five, six, and seven of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. It is a brilliant story within a captivating story. The self-centered, irritable, lazy Eustace sneaks away from his stranded shipmates to avoid...

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