True Grit in Hard Times

Strains of the first song ring out softly in our dimly lit family room.  You go before I know That you’ve gone to win my war You come back with the head of my enemy You come back and you call it my victory I stop my reading and look at my daughter curled up next...

Bags of Filth

It all began with a dare. A 40-day Lenten dare to put love into action. It was my Ash Wednesday – Valentine’s Day challenge to love deeper, truer, better. Could I practice a deeper love for forty days? For one week? For one day? And if I did, what would I...

Lessons From the Gorge, Part 2

  I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to turn the page on this calendar year and put an end to 2017. It has been an awfully painful year, hasn’t it? Five terror attacks in the UK. The Barcelona bombing. Mass shootings, car bombs, and suicide bombs in...

Traveling in the Fog

  The year my daughter was born was one of the “traveling in the fog” seasons of my life. An extended period of time when I had to learn to walk by faith and not by sight.   For 18 months I had been watching and scanning two growing masses in my thyroid,...

Questions of Grief

  Grief saunters in, uninvited, turning the warmth of summer’s heat cold with winter’s frost. Grief is the unwelcome companion of the death of a loved one.   Or the death of a friendship.   Or the death of a wish-dream.   Grief is stealthy, coming...

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