Hygge: A Word for the Moments We Love

A dear friend texted me recently and taught me a word that I had never heard before but had long needed.  She hinted that the word had something to do with the Christmas spirit.   Because of her, I went to the library and checked out The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. Hygge encompasses everything […]

Chocolate Mustache

Hello dear ones!  I have been away battling dragons (namely library science projects and Epstein-Barr), but I’m back to wish you a Happy Valentine’s Day!  A fellow children’s book writer, Susanna Leonard Hill, puts on a delightful contest each February called the Valentiny Writing Contest.  Entries can only be 214 words (2/14 and tiny), and […]

Kerrville Folk Festival

If you have never been to the Texas hills at the end of May, when they are cleansed with rain and music rings in the empty places between the trees, come with me now. “Welcome home, y’all!” a friendly woman calls from the ticket booth.  We notice signs posted about the Kerrville cats—please take one […]

A Children’s Book Home (Part III in Decorating Series)

I grew up with Mary Engelbreit and Kim Jacobs calendars.  With the cozy homes depicted in their art, I couldn’t help but dream about creating a home someday.  My mama, who made our old Victorian house an extension of her loving arms, would walk through our neighborhood with her four daughters.  Each of us girls […]

Echoes of Easter

The rain has ceased, and the green plants look aglow in the dim light.  In the midst of springtime, a mystery is drifting down, settling around us, like mist.  It is whispering the “magic deeper still” Aslan spoke of in The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe . . . the magic that began before […]

A Little Yard to Play with Flowers

Reading the whimsical picture book, When Ruby Tried to Grow Candy by Valorie Fisher, to my younger son recently, I found a delightful depiction of my philosophy of gardening:  Plant what you love! Just a few weeks ago, my garden was sleeping.  My friend, who lives in a high rise, asked to see it, but […]

Selah

Selah:  a pause during which to reflect  I experienced Selah last Thursday—both the definition above and the two-year-old girl version.  My lifelong friend was moving, so I had the privilege of watching her wispy-curled, rosebud-mouthed, Shirley Temple look-a-like, Selah!  Keeping a two-year-old put my normal productivity on pause.  We played with the nesting doll and […]