Tuesdays and New Geraniums: A Semi-Illustrated List of Eleven Things

White geraniums? So much new. So maybe I don’t have the right to just sit down after a year’s absence, or near enough, and begin posting again like nothing happened. And believe you me, things happened. I’ll have more to share once I clear these lingering bits of literary laryngitis. For now, I invite you […]

The Topknot and the Tackle Box

  A Parable of the Open Hand Once upon a time, a woman kept her cosmetics in a tackle box. A train case seemed boldly self-indulgent. No, a good, sturdy tackle box was just the thing. It had taken seven years of healing for her to dare to dream again of beauty.  The tackle box, somehow, eased […]

Weekend Reflection: Love Notes

Church. Tapuamu, Tahaa. 2004 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth.2 Serve the Lord with gladness;Come before Him with joyful singing.3 Know that the Lord Himself is God;It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.4 Enter His gates with thanksgivingAnd His courts […]


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 […]

The Case of the Trabuco Canyon Deer: You See What You Seek

Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Deer are Here“I just saw a herd–okay, a small herd–of deer!” I raced in the door breathless, eager to share the news. We’d just moved into our home in rural-but-close Trabuco Canyon two months earlier. My first wildlife sighting right in my own neighborhood thrilled me. That was in 2007. We […]