From Sea to Shining Sea

An Extravaganza of Patriotism. July 4, 2011. Dana Point, California.  I love my God. And I love my country. Both.  Happy Independence, Day, America.  And Jesus said to them, “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” And they were amazed at Him. Mark 12:17 (NASB) Ready for some stillness […]

Jewels in the Ashes: Blog Tour for Kathi Macias’ 12 Days of Christmas

  Why I Told a Story About July in Christmas Last year my sister in Christ/mentor/friend Kathi invited me to write a Christmas story.  The plot, she said, could be anything I chose, so long as all the action took place on a single day–my contribution would take place five days before Christmas. Kathi wrote the […]

Living in Great Big Bites

Rear: Elaine, Me in My So-Happy-I’m-Goofy Face, Rich Front: Cadence, Sawyer, Vaite, Rob The Best Kind of Crazy“How, exactly do those French women stay so slim?” I ask my niece, Vaite, over dinner one evening. With her fork she nudges about four bites of homemade macaroni and cheese into a tiny heap on her plate. […]

Independence Day

Fireworks over the Pacific Ocean. July 4, 2010. Set Free!Picnics, parades, and potato salad, fireworks and family. It must be the Fourth of July. Our niece, Vaite, visiting from her home in Tahiti, wrote:  July 4th is a great celebration day, to see people’s love for America it’s amazing …  Amazing. I never thought of […]

Rabbit Runs!

42nd Annual Trabuco Canyon Fourth of July Parade, July 4, 2007. Freedom, Truth, and Dependence Summertime in our little canyon brings adolescent wildlife into view. Last summer, our Labrador, J.D., faced off against a young squirrel. He’d pick up the squirrel in his soft retriever’s mouth, then spit it out when the squirrel began to […]