The story of the Birthday Mug and a few thoughts on the best - and worst - gifts you can give.
“Time to pick up Aunt Lucille!” We hopped into my dad’s blue 1962 Ford. I adjusted the heavy wool plaid blanket that covered the ripped seats. We were off to pick up my favorite aunt so that she could join our family for Christmas dinner. The red cellophane wreaths with the giant Christmas candles lit… Continue reading The Shepherd’s Secret
I'll admit it; I'm not the most athletic person. I vowed to change that this year. I'm tired of being fat, tired of being tired, tired of aching all the time. I took an inventory of all the times in my past when I was able to lose weight - what worked well? What didn't… Continue reading Learning to Ride a Bicycle – Again
Family stories shape and mold our expectations of the world around us. Some families believe in positive myths - "We always win!" Other families believe negative stories - "Nothing every goes right for us." In my family, one simple saying guides us: When you need it, God provides. We have a knack in my family… Continue reading The $20 Prom Dress
There is something intriguing about forgotten places - old cemeteries, abandoned buildings, crumbling walls. They beg us to ask, "Why are you forgotten? What memories do your walls hold?" My fascination with the lure of old places and the stories they held began in childhood on warm Sunday afternoons when my great-aunts and uncles would… Continue reading The Lure of Forgotten Places
Literary pilgrimages...the name conjures images of Canterbury Tales, of men and women in brown pilgrims' robes and sandals crossing the rocky mountains of Europe. I've had two unique experiences that I suppose count as a literary pilgrimage. This particular "literary pilgrimage" involved us staying in one of the plantations that had inspired Margaret Mitchell's "Tara"… Continue reading What Literary Pilgrimages Have You Gone On?