December 31, 2018

On my way to town, I drive past houses where smoke from chimneys curls upward. It’s comforting to watch the updraft. I suddenly recall the boxy houses with chimneys that I once drew with a pencil as a child, always a curl of smoke climbing.

What I like about the smoke,...

August 13, 2018

We were excited. She was coming home.

We had housed 15 horses over the years, looking for a super gentle one. We wanted to trust a horse to be safe with our little grandchildren. Again and again, we were disappointed.

Bill Adams of Norfork, a cowboy friend, said, “I’ve g...

May 28, 2018

A little headache. I’m wondering if it’s barometric pressure.

A sunny day, then boom! a cloud and sudden splats of rain, then the downpour.

Yesterday I was drenched walking back to the car at Walmart.

Memorial Day weekend. The parking lot, filled to the brim. And what was...

May 7, 2018

We were living in emotional turmoil. My first husband and I were separated at the time.

I was busy being a mom and teaching sons to sit up straight, not play with their food, write a thank you note, not interrupt when someone was talking, to wait to eat until after the...

April 2, 2018

What is this about?

I probably go to lunch with one of my friends twice a month. I couldn’t care less about where we go, how fancy it is, or what we eat. But, I want it to be semi-quiet, so we can hear what is being said.

#1. It’s fun to go to lunch. It’s a time to laugh...

March 26, 2018

Racing across the parking lot at the public library, I look up and see broken clouds. I’ve seen them before, but today I really see them. I pause and take a photo.

It feels like foreshadowing of what is to come. Lord, help me.

On entering the library, I head for the comp...

December 11, 2017

My mother left when I was 14. Daddy sat on the floor in a corner. He drank too much. But I had my six brothers and my five sisters.

As the oldest girl, my job was clear: take care of the younger ones. It never occurred to me that I might need someone to take care of me.


December 4, 2017

The tail end of fall is falling outside. Leaves pile up.

A holy thing.

My husband is disturbed by the leaves and wants time to mow them. Childhood comes to my mind every time I kick leaves. How I loved falling headlong into a pile. I say, “No hurry on that. I’m loving th...

June 5, 2017

If we only knew the load each person bears, we’d likely become more loving, giving, caring.

I wonder if God is bringing more and more needy people my way or if I am growing more sensitive. Some are strangers, some not. What do I do with all this?

They seem outside the ga...

May 22, 2017

Sometimes we need a break, a time-out. That can look like a fifteen-minute coffee break, an hour hidden away in a bedroom, or three days in a cabin on the river. Hesychia House is such a place. Here is how it works:

Hesychia House Ministry

2663 Shipps Drive

Norfork, Arkan...

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