Can Coffee Make You Feel Closer to God?

It can happen beneath a starry sky, during a prayer of sincere thanks, upon hearing laughter spill from a tiny child, and almost always while watching the sun rise over the ocean:  heaven draws near.  I’ve been noticing the “thin places” all my life without having a name for them. While reading one of Shauna […]

Beauty Secrets from an Old House

Women sit or move to and fro, some old, some young, The young are beautiful – but the old are more beautiful than the young.” – Walt Whitman I remember reading these words by Whitman for the first time a couple of years ago.  As a thirty-six-year old mother, being neither very young nor very […]

The Man and the Motorcycle

He says riding feels like flying.  Wearing that ball cap, grinning, he looks like he did when we fell in love at 19. Strangely, I can’t recall a single motorcycle on the illustrated pages of a picture book.  Ralph, riding a toy one in the middle-grade novel The Mouse and the Motorcycle is little comfort.  […]

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane

Have you ever met someone whose storytelling ability is even more wonderful than the stories themselves?  I haven’t met Kate DiCamillo face to face, but when I’m reading her work, I’m astounded by the tapestry of her words.  Simply by describing a setting, this master storyteller can spin my mind into a place rich with […]

Everyday Wonders

God is always singing love over us, but our ears must be open to hear.  These posts help me pay attention to His never-ceasing blessings!  Origami ships sailing across the dining room table A homeless man who asked for only fifty cents, and with bright eyes exclaimed, “God bless you!” The prayer my husband wrote for me, for […]

Chasing Heaven

  When I was a child, The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton, was my favorite book.  In it, a country cottage endures trials (urban sprawl), only to be transported, in the end, to her former life in the paradise of the countryside. The problem with my girlhood love of this book is that it […]

Be Gentle on Yourself

“ ‘Martha, Martha,’ the Lord answered, ‘you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.’ ”  Luke 10: 41-42 Six months ago, my aunt sent me this beautiful collage card she made.  Inside she wrote, […]

Corduroy on Love

I Corinthians 13 is the famous “love chapter” of the Bible. Its poetry defines love in exquisite detail. I think Mark 10 deserves a similar designation: the “Jesus Loves Me” chapter. In it, right after we watch Jesus drawing the little children close and blessing them, we get to gaze at a person through Jesus’s […]