My father died in the early morning hours of Father's Day, about a month ago. My husband and I have been keeping my mother company since then. We're grateful for flexible schedules -- an upside of being a writer married to a teacher on summer vacation. As the days pass, we are finding our way to … [Read more...] about This Is How We Grieve
October 14, 2014 is my 24th Anniversary of Ordination to the Ministry of Word & Sacrament. What a privilege to live this life! For the past three years I haven't been serving a church full time, and so I have a bit of distance from my vocation. More than ever, I love rubbing elbows with other … [Read more...] about In Celebration of Clergywomen
Make new friends, keep the old. One is silver and the other gold. Our daughter learned that little ditty in Brownies, and I'll confess it came to mind on our trip to Alaska (and not just because of the gold-panning). This was the first time my husband and I have traveled with someone other … [Read more...] about Friends: Silver & Gold . . . & Bronzed?
As the old year ends, I like to choose a word or phrase that captures my intention for the new year. I might put this phrase on a card over my desk, or at the bottom of my emails, somewhere I'll see it with some regularity. My 2013 phrase was: "Be Lighthearted and Gracious." My mental image for … [Read more...] about 2014 Intentions: a Word
I know the secret to happiness. Do you? If you don't, just ask my daughters. I'm forever telling them. Which is super-annoying, I'm sure. "Want what you have." Isn't that easy? Four words that lay out the path to happiness. Embrace what you have. Don't want what you don't have. Find the gift … [Read more...] about The Secret to Happiness: Want What You Have
I occasionally play a game of Sudoku before bed. I play puzzles that are "Medium." For months I've been looking forward to the day I could manage to move up a step, to "Hard." ("Hard" really is hard.) The other day I tried a game that was "Easy." It was fun. I whizzed through the puzzle. I … [Read more...] about The Secret to Happiness
I was ordained to the Ministry of Word & Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (USA) on October 14, 1990, at Penfield Presbyterian Church. The photo tells you how long ago that event was -- I have only this one image, of poor quality. In 1990, taking a picture involved flashbulbs and film -- … [Read more...] about A Kodak Moment
"Indian Summer" paint the world with words cliched describe perfection (practicing the art of daily haiku as suggested in The Art of Pausing) What's your haiku for today? Write three lines: five syllables, seven syllables, five. … [Read more...] about Sunday Pause
Today was a lovely day for a walk in the woods. I don't usually see anyone else on the trail, but today I passed many people. One shoe on, one off, she stumbles, preoccupied -- wooded path forgives I also passed a couple in their forties perhaps, both wearing shorts. The man looked concerned, … [Read more...] about Pause, Woods
Last week I started a new part-time job. It appears to be a good fit for my two current requirements: 1) The work supports an organization that does worthwhile work; 2) The schedule will hopefully allow me to keep the bulk of my creative energy focused on my writing projects still in process. My … [Read more...] about Where Is Your Energy Going?
Doug and I got married on a fun date: 8/4/84. I'll save you the math: 29 years. Doug's parents are celebrating their 60th anniversary, and my parents will soon mark their 62nd. So we figure we're about halfway. If we're lucky. I feel very grateful for our years together. They … [Read more...] about Our Wedding Anniversary
I have just returned home from a 2-week road trip with my husband. We teasingly called it "island-hopping" though no cruising was involved. We began in Manhattan (the New York Island) . . . at right is a blurry picture from lunch at Sardis with my sister and her … [Read more...] about Island-Hopping . . from Manhattan . . to the Thousand Islands . . to Beaver Island