Collect Your Own Mugs (Please!)

Gara’s Lovely Mugs Do you ever read those giveaway tabloids that are full of ads? You know the ones I mean. They usually have some enticing special offer from the local oil change shop or storage yard, but most of the ads are classifieds placed by people hoping to unload everything from old suitcases to guinea […]

Weekend Reflection: Nowhere to Hide

Lake Michigan.  9 If I take the wings of the dawn, If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea, 10 Even there Your hand will lead me, And Your right hand will lay hold of me. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me, And the light around me will be […]

Weekend Reflection: Wonderfully Made

Cousins Sawyer and Carly. April, 2011. 13 For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in […]

Creeping Crud and Creeping Pride

Rich and “Jonathan,” Enjoying the Boat. July 4, 2011. One Sick Husband Rich faded when we returned home from church. “You don’t look so good,” I told him. “Are you feeling okay?” “I’m just kinda down,” he told me, looking worn. “What’s on your mind?” “Nothing much,” he said, in an I’m done discussing it voice.  […]

Under That Red Velvet Dress

My Daughter Elaine and Me. 1990. No Place to Hide “Let me zip your dress,” I said to my daughter as we wriggled into our velvet dresses in the photographer’s dressing room. As I ran the zipper up its tracks I marveled at the soft, perfect texture of her seven-year-old skin. Such a beautiful child… […]