My parents bought a farm near the small town where Dad grew up. After spending a summer Saturday there planting a garden (I only remember doing this a few times), painting the barn (we only did this once, and I was not much help) or sweeping the cabin (a creepy, run-down log house used for storage and inhabited by rodents, snakes and wasps), we would end the day by driving … [Read more...]
Mama! Are You Coming?
Today I published a short piece with TheHighCalling.org, a website that invites conversation about the intersection of work and faith in our everyday lives. Hop over to hear about the day my first published book was delivered to my doorstep.….read it this morning at TheHighCalling.org. … [Read more...]
One of the first things I learned in French was how to introduce and greet people.If I were introduced to an older woman, I could respond with, "Je suis très heureuse de faire votre connaissance" ("I'm very happy to make your acquaintance"). It's quite a mouthful. I memorized and used it once in Belgium when my sister-in-law introduced me to a person about my own age. They … [Read more...]
There & Back Again: Breathe
Since last week, I've been gulping in air from time to time: sucking in through the nose, puffing out through the mouth. During those deep-breath attempts, I sound as deliberate and noisy as a fireman breathing oxygen through his mask...or maybe a bit like Darth Vader.It's not elegant, all this gulping and puffing, but I can't seem to get enough oxygen after reading … [Read more...]
There & Back Again: What Would You Find in my Room?
Rooms are like clothes and photographs- they tell stories. As I look around mine this afternoon- my mind goes tripping down the trails of my life... remembering what has been that has brought what I see around me. (from "Room Rhapsody," by L.E. Fiore)L.E. Fiore takes us on a tour of one room, browsing bookshelves and speculating on what is tucked inside a "mystery … [Read more...]
“Do we need to be here?”I posed that question at TheHighCalling.org (THC) today. It originated with Simple Country Girl, actually. She was kind of thinking out loud in the comments last week, wondering if she “needs” to be in cyberspace, or if flesh-and-blood relationships are the ones we really need to invest in.But we read an amazing story by Brock Henning, describing … [Read more...]