Grandparenting: Please Help Me!

My Great-Grandfather, My Sister, My Mother, Me. 1959. When I was a child, I assumed everybody’s family was just like mine. I still recall the shocking discovery that  a second-grade classmate and her family lived in an apartment. I didn’t get it. Everybody knew that families live in houses, right?  Sometimes I think I know something when I really […]

It’s Here!!!

  Okay, so I am breaking every rule of author-cool.  I’m just as thrilled as can be to announce that my Christmas story is now available.  Here’s a tiny excerpt: “Ruth?” Margot called out her mother-in-law’s name as she darted into the library, her panic rising. Clattering down the gleaming oak floors of the hallway, […]

Weekend Reflection: Welcomed

Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Hebrews 13:2 (KJV) It’s the weekend. Around here we remove our shoes and tour the stillness. Start with Still Saturday, which the amazing Patricia Hunter is hosting in October over at Pollywog Creek.  You’ll join us, yes? We’ve saved you a place.

Comfort, Baked: How a Casserole Becomes Famous

It Started at Shipmates When I was a small child, my family worshiped at First Congregational UCC in San Bernardino. Our parents belonged to Shipmates, a couples’ fellowship. Many of my most enduring memories of that congregation stem from Shipmates-instigated activities. Notable among these events were Pal Week (a secret-friend type weeklong adventure that must remain […]