When Friendships Lingered Like Summertime – Sally Olson

Mark Twain penned a story about Tom and Huck and their crazy rafting adventures as runaways on the Mississippi River. Barefoot and happy, they were. I know it. I feel the dusty roads on my shoeless feet, smell the mossy riverbank, hear the swish of the fat-headed bristle brush slapping whitewash on the picket fence. It sounds like summer. Do you remember days like that, when Time ran free? The...

Do You Think I Invited You Here For the Food?

If you sit at my table don’t expect a fancy meal. Don’t expect gluten free or paleo. If it fits either of those categories, it will be by accident. Don’t even expect the meal to be about the food. It’s not. It’s about you and time shared in conversation and stories and, most hopefully, laughter. The Food For some people, it’s about the food. If this is you, I’m glad...

Friendship: On Purpose

He was the baby and the outgoing one. At 19 months younger than his sister his first time without a playmate was when she started kindergarten. He would stand on the sidewalk outside our house while the neighborhood children, older than he, walked home from school calling out, “Hi, my name’s Jonathan. Want to play?” My childhood was spent moving from town to town and being the new girl at...

Throwback Thursday {1980}

I love looking at this picture because it brings back memories of a special time in our lives. Our co-pastor at that time calls it their Camelot. These babies and preschooler’s remind me of the bonds of friendship shared and how it was expressed in fellowship with each other. We had bible studies in our homes, cookouts in the summer and a Christmas party where I tried requesting “no jeans”...