Oh, Elf To The No. Confession: There is no Elf on my Shelf.

Confession: There is no Elf on my shelf. Just: dust. Well, dust with a garland of cat hair. The pics are not worth “pinning.” I’m okay with that. Don’t panic if your shelf is adorned by an elf. I’m not judging. (Unless, you buy it outfits and dress it like… Read more“Oh, Elf To The No. Confession: There is no Elf on my Shelf.”

WE are Still America. 

The election is winding down. Finally. Hopefully, so will all the horrible arguing, name calling and divisiveness.  Not just by our candidates. By US.  Here’s the thing: WE are still America.  All of us. The rich, the poor, the humble, the proud. Immigrants, native Americans, black, white, Asian, Muslim, Lebanese,… Read more“WE are Still America. “

Christianity is NOT a Reality TV Show. We do NOT get to vote people off Christ Island.

Not Christian leaders we disagree with. Not people we don’t like.Not because of politics. Not because of doctrinal issues. Not because of skin color. Not because of country or family of origin. Not because of a sin issue. (We’d all be voted off.) Not because you drink wine or have… Read more“Christianity is NOT a Reality TV Show. We do NOT get to vote people off Christ Island.”

From Fear to Wonder Opening my eyes to the stars in the darkest nights

The light switch in my childhood room was by the door. My bed was all the way across the room. I was so afraid of the dark that I’d close my eyes before turning out the lights and walking across the room like I was playing some game from the… Read more“From Fear to Wonder Opening my eyes to the stars in the darkest nights”

A few of my best worst decisions…… 

I make bad decisions. At least Decisions that wouldn’t hold up to a pros and cons balance sheet test. Like getting married and having kids young. Like staying home when we could have really used a second income. (See above.)  Like buying half a duplex on a land contract. Like… Read more“A few of my best worst decisions…… “

 I have eye trouble…. I see what I’m looking for, not always what’s there.

I love photography. Maybe. Lately, I’ve been wondering if I actually love the way I can control and change perspective through photography.  The picture above is a good example. It’s a beautiful geode, isn’t it? Except, geodes don’t have technicolor striations. If I had taken the pic in it’s natural… Read more” I have eye trouble…. I see what I’m looking for, not always what’s there.”

In which I cry and yell at God over answered prayer. 

“Thank you, Lord. Thank you so much for giving my kid this moment of joy.” Tears of thanks rolled down my cheeks as I thanked God for a fish. Yes. A fish. Actually, three fish. One caught by each of my sons while out on a charter with their dad…. Read more“In which I cry and yell at God over answered prayer. “

Sin and the sinners who hate it. Aka: me. Learning to embrace and give grace to my dark side. #starryeyed

It happens everyday. I don’t do the things I should, and I say and do things I shouldn’t. For decades I’ve believed in God’s grace. But I mostly used it as fuel for self hatred.  “If I really love God shouldn’t I be able to follow his commandments?” More than… Read more“Sin and the sinners who hate it. Aka: me. Learning to embrace and give grace to my dark side. #starryeyed”

“Write what you know” What Do You Write When you Don’t Want To Talk About What You Know?

It’s been quiet here. I know.  I’ve lived my writing life by the adage “Write what you know.” The problem is: I don’t want to talk about what I know. I’m sick of writing about cancer. I’m sick of writing about grief of all kinds and the struggle to get… Read more““Write what you know” What Do You Write When you Don’t Want To Talk About What You Know?”

Whistling in the Wind

“The sun will be out any minute. I can see a hole in the clouds moving this way.” This was my mantra for 45 goosebump-covered minutes while a whipping wind blew clouds over the lake. And over the lake. And back over the lake again. I was desperate for a… Read more“Whistling in the Wind”