The view from the middle isn’t always clear

When I fly with Henry I take the middle seat. I like the window but I fit better. At 5’4″ and not a wide body I can pull my arms in if the other person needs more room. But there’s no view from the middle. In those middle-aged years (I swear I don’t know where they went) we were running and rushed and life was buzzing and keeping up was...

The goal is to connect

The granddaughter had a new game. The goal is to connect different configurations of colored squares to make a complete line. Strategy isn’t always useful when you don’t know the next hand you’ll be dealt. You have to work with what you’re given. And I’m hooked on it. It’s not complicated and gives you opportunity to learn from your impatience or over-thinking. If only real life connection were this simple....

Advent ignores the urgency of now and says ‘Wait’

We can’t wait for the oven to preheat to 350* and then more time to bake so we microwave. Why spend time writing a note inside a card, finding a stamp and sending off in the mail knowing it will take days when we can email now? We have 24-hour news services where we can get information from anywhere now. My impatience grows sitting at red lights or with drivers...

Is your craving lying to you?

I’m more likely to crave those tortilla chips than chocolate. You know, the blue ones that aren’t overly salted and a tad thinner than the ‘other’ ones? Yes, I’ll choose those any day over chocolate. Even Dove (seriously, Hershey doesn’t compare!) I remember hearing about the odd cravings pregnant women would have but I never had any nor did my friends. Sure, we enjoyed in more indulgences and blamed that...

Self-care: taking time to enjoy life

Mama didn’t raise me to be a cook. No, she scooted me out of the kitchen putting paper and a box of crayons in front of me to make her work easier. I wonder if she knew the seeds she was planting? That I would embrace the making of all kinds of art, the art she also enjoyed.   From coloring books and crayons to clay and chalks, pencils that...

Our common bond of faith became our foundation

It was the faith we held in common that had me say yes when he asked me out. That, and his undeniable good looks. As I look back, that may have held an edge for my 19-year-old self. We’d both grown up as pastor’s kids in the same denomination. We knew the life, the traditions, we believed. This was enough common ground to explore a future. It was enough to...

I’m dragging my feet on this part of the journey

You can tell me that every path or journey in life is unknown and I wouldn’t argue with you. But. But, there has been a predictable sense about them. One I’ve watched walk ahead. They’ve marked the way and left signposts of where to turn or when it’s time to stop and rest. They’ve shown me it’s best not to journey alone, even though I still try to make my own...

She won’t eat anything

“Give it to Mikey. He won’t eat anything.” That was the tagline of an old breakfast cereal commercial. If a picky eater will eat it, it must be good. Our granddaughter was that picky eater, limiting her choices to yogurt, peanut butter, cheese and anything sweet for the first few years of her life. We tried to fool her and bribe her into just tasting something new. If you’re a...

You’ve Got Mail!

We can expect our mail to be delivered in the afternoon. Our regular mail carrier, Jerry, tucks envelopes and ads in the white mailboxes that line our street. They all are neighborhood standard, all looking the same. It’s a wonder he gets the mail in the right boxes. I grew up in a time where the letter e didn’t precede the word mail. I grew up struggling to decipher handwritten...

Even Though We Fail This Test We Pass

“THIS IS A TEST. THIS IS ONLY A TEST. IF THIS WERE AN EMERGENCY YOU WOULD BE INSTRUCTED TO…..” The harsh noise came from my smart phone jarring my focused attention: HURRICANE WARNING This wasn’t a test but an alert that our area was under a hurricane warning. We’d been upgraded from the watch and should now make preparations for the likelihood of hurricane force winds and several inches of...