When my first child was a baby, I noticed a pattern of behavior. At developmental stages my baby fussed for several days. Nothing I did comforted him. Then suddenly he would learn a new skill. He rolled over, or sat up, or crawled. Unseen by me his little mind had worked until it mastered his … More The Pattern of Struggle
Two and a half years ago our neighbors were transferred to another state for a job that would last approximately two years. They sold their house and said their goodbyes. Fast forward to fall 2020. One day I saw her walking in front of their old house. “Is that you, Cece?” I asked. “What are … More ASK!
Tonight is your chance to see the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. The orbits of the two planets align approximately every twenty years, but this year we can see it during the early evening. The last time this astronomical event was visible was in 1226, nearly 800 years ago. Since this year’s event coincides … More The Great Conjunction or Christmas Star
Every family has favorite Christmas traditions. One of our favorites is when the entire family gathers at our house to celebrate. When adult children marry, another layer of complexity is added to family traditions. It’s important to consider everyone in the planning. We usually compare schedules to come up with the best day for everyone. … More Christmas Plans Change
“Yesterday, December 7, 1941–a date that will live in infamy…” President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in his speech after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The anniversary of the attack is today. Remember and honor those who served. My friend, Karan Klassen visited the memorial site of the USS Arizona in Hawaii. Her photo with the … More Flowers for the Fallen
Every writer seems to have his or her favorite book of inspiration for the writing life. Some swear by The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron or Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott or Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Several other titles are available. My personal favorite is a book of meditations for writers … More The Writing Life
Do you need some encouragement? The Return blessed my soul this past Saturday. Prayers offered to God put things in proper perspective. Worship music gave him the honor due his holy name. It is amazing how praise and thanksgiving to God embolden a person’s heart. Yellow flowers symbolize JOY. The photo above taken at Valles … More ENCOURAGEMENT
September 2020 commemorates several significant events. Among them are the 19th anniversary of September 11 and the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower. This is also the month many will gather in the U.S. Capitol for prayer. • The Return is a specific day set apart for a sacred assembly on the … More National Day of Prayer
Dutifully I put on my mask before entering Chipotle’s dining room. The large lunchtime crowd dutifully stood in line the recommended six feet apart. It used to be that you could tell who was in line because those who had already placed their order stood politely to the side. But now, it’s a bit of … More Corona Civility?
Here’s an idea to get you out of the house, take a short trip, and practice social distancing all at the same time. Since travel has been curtailed for so many, why not take a drive far out into the country for some stargazing? September Sky Events: For most accurate viewing times see your local … More September Sky