A Heavenly Valentine

My sister, Amy, is a cosmetologist.  She once had a boss at a barber shop who daily criticized the women who worked there.  “You should wear more make-up,” he’d tell one.  “You really need to dye your hair,” he’d tell another. Venting, one of Amy’s coworkers said, “He thinks his opinion is fact!” With that […]

Swaddled in a Christmas Coat

The first time I heard “Coat of Many Colors” by Dolly Parton, when I was just a girl, it struck me so deeply I began to cry.  I ran downstairs, with urgency, to tell my mother how much I loved her. Do you remember that song?  Dolly’s family was poor, so someone dropped off a […]

The Wings of Hope

Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul . . .                                           Emily Dickinson I was struggling with contentment.  The city felt crowded, scary, and full of sadness.  My husband works hard to provide this lovely old home in a safe neighborhood, but I was having trouble being grateful.  As usual, I was […]

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 […]