January 7, 2019

How can I tell you?

Rectangles are everywhere in the living area of our house. Cell phones, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo DS, cords and chargers. New toys for smart boys. When playing, they are quiet and happy and focused.

I’m old school and don’t understand half of it.

I see...

November 26, 2018

Thanksgiving is still going on. Nice how that can happen. Four of us are older and leaning toward white hair if not there already. I’m trying to take whatever I see and hear to hold inside of me for another year. It’s that good.

I watch how everyone responds to a red-ha...

August 20, 2018

Today is the first day of school in Norfork, where I live. I’m thinking about children, teachers, schools.

I am not numb to the blue skies looking like a flat-top table.

A day to recall memories of teaching grades 7–11 in Needmore, Indiana. Needmore is situated between B...

August 6, 2018

Our leader called it a circle-story.

The beginning of the video was about a little boy receiving a gift of soap in a shoebox. The closing focused on that same person as an adult giving a bar of soap to another as one gift item in a shoebox.

That same evening, ten of us p...

May 21, 2018

Pioneer Days in Norfork, Arkansas, population 511.

The town stretches a mile or so down the main street with post office, grocery store, café, thrift store, and food bank surrounded by mountains in every direction.

Norfork is in the North Central part of the state and is...

January 2, 2018

It’s a name straight out of the Good Book, and she is staying at our house this week. It’s Christmas break from college stress, from flatlands, from busyness.

I’m half-sick with sinus infection, so I’ll take all the Rebecca-time I can get.

Rebecca is calm and adds no pre...

November 20, 2017

I have been plotting and planning with a granddaughter about her dad’s birthday.

Thinking about his birthday led me in the opposite direction: toward mothering. His birth changed my life!

Surely that is normal.

Last week my hairdresser showed me a photo of her granddaught...

August 28, 2017

I keep bumping into people who look fine on the outside. When I stay quiet and listen, they talk on. That person is leaving a familiar rut to just talk. I prize the moment, the heart connection.

The good news: when we expose a sadness, healing begins; when we expose the...

June 12, 2017

Oh my! I think I was handed what I did not ask for, but maybe what I needed. Most of us are aware of tragedy and comedy in Shakespearean plays, but it’s all over our lives.

My family has been blessed this week with a son and granddaughter visiting, a house full of laugh...

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