“Blooms” in My February Garden

The flurries earlier this month are giving way to snowy pear blossoms.  Although the calendar doesn’t reflect it, Texas is kicking off her winter blanket in exchange for spring’s multi-hued quilt.  The following is a list of blooms, both literal and figurative, in my garden this month. *  Beef stew and tulips, carried in loving arms, through […]

“Many Waters Cannot Quench Love”

“Many waters cannot quench love . . . .”  —Song of Solomon 8:7 (NKJV) * “Valentine’s Day at the Laundromat,” my aunt’s folksong hums from the CD player, and though I’m not literally in a laundromat on this day of love, the dryer is rumbling in the background.  I started a load of laundry after […]

The Perfect Valentine’s Book

A friend who teaches preschool shared with me her method for correcting misbehaving children.  Every morning, before the school day begins, she hugs them.  Over time, because they feel loved, their behavior improves. Those children remind me of myself.  After almost fourteen years of marriage, my husband has learned that when I’m acting the grumpiest, […]