The Holy Spirit is as real and present for me as either of the other two persons of the Trinity. I cannot have a relationship with Jesus without that Spirit dwelling in me. I can never begin to accept the vastness and mystery of the One Jesus called Father without relying on the Spirit to … Continue reading Opening Up
Through the miracle of technology, I write to you from the beach in Curacao, where I am spending spring break with my family. But I’m only assuming that’s where I am, because I intend to schedule this post so that I can take a Lenten break from social media while I’m there. I would have … Continue reading First World Problems
“The squirrels will eat you out of house and home,” my dad predicted when we told him we were putting bird feeders in our backyard. He spoke from experience. Living in the country in a cold climate, he routinely put out bird food to entertain my homebound mother. In the summer it was bird food … Continue reading The Persistent Squirrel
So, some of you may have seen that I reworked my old website in order to combine my blog and website into the same place. I had been dreading it, but the looming deadline of having to pay for another year with my previous host finally pushed me over the edge. And you know what? … Continue reading Not Dead for Lent
I had a bit of a disappointment today. I knew it was coming, but it was still difficult to have it actually come to pass. At the same time, however, a couple of wonderful things were in the works: a call from a reporter, a possible trip with a friend, and a return home after … Continue reading The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful
I spent the weekend at January Adventure on St. Simons Island with Matthew Fox and Christena Cleveland. Both were speakers with great ideas and lots to consider, so I hope they have provided prompts for writing for many months to come. However today’s idea comes not from his speeches, but from Dr. Fox’s book, The … Continue reading To Know a Cow
Many years ago, when I was in high school, I wrote a few chapters of a YA novel. I was sure at the time that my creative talent would soon launch my multi-million dollar/best-seller novelist career. And maybe it would have, if pre-calculus hadn’t taken up all my time my senior year. But probably not. … Continue reading High School Revisited (part 2)
I really enjoyed ushering in 2019 with great friends and musicals karaoke. We had more delicious food than we could eat in one night, so I haven’t had to cook two more nights in a row this week. As much as I love to cook, the break is very welcome. But today it is back … Continue reading New Year, New You?
Well, all is calm and all is bright at the Beene’s again this Christmas afternoon. The pork for the tamales is in the crock pot, so I know there will be some excitement later when I teach my son how to roll them, but for the most part, we’re just relaxing. My husband and I … Continue reading Merry Christmas – and Happy Holidays too!
I wasn't born until 1970, but this story speaks to a journey I have heard from many. Different times and places, but important points of connection. via A Tale of Two Jacks
I spent the first few hours of my writing retreat on the beach reading my high school writing notebook. It has a couple of poems I didn’t write (think Thriller: circa 1983) and Patrick Henry’s “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death” speech that I had to memorize for a high school humanities class. I … Continue reading High School Revisited