Mirror, Mirror . . .

  Last Christmas I requested a new magnifying mirror. Applying mascara was becoming more challenging every day. A mirror with higher magnification would surely make my mornings less stressful.  So I thought. My daughter and son-in-law indulged my wish, and come Christmas morning, I was the proud owner of a mirror with ten power magnification. I set […]

It’s on My Calendar

Cadence and Me, Pensive. February 8, 2014 A Heart of Stone Doesn’t Stretch Every January I buy a wall calendar–one with an inoffensively pretty photo for each month and a square for each day in the month. It’s a terribly old school practice, I know. I think those tidy rows of boxes, with appointments and dates […]

My Uncle’s Listening Lesson

Kinfolk. Ca. 1970 Cracking the Code I called my uncle “Pete” this past weekend. He’s really my great-uncle, half-brother to my grandfather, but through one of those odd genealogical twists of fate, he’s only a few years older than my mother (his niece) was. Anyway, I phoned him to make good on a promise I’d made […]

Weekend Reflection: Daybreak

19 Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness.20 Surely my soul remembersAnd is bowed down within me.21 This I recall to my mind,Therefore I have hope.22 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,For His compassions never fail.23 They are new every morning;Great is Your faithfulness.24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,“Therefore […]


Barefoot. Tahaa, French Polynesia, 2004. Bare Feet and Holy HomesWhen I lived on Tahaa, I quickly learned to count the pile of sandals on a doorstep to determine how many people shared the home. My sister there wore dainty little red flip-flops. I knew I was settling in the day I caught myself turning back […]