Sometimes I don’t speak up out of deference or fear. I am slow to speak because I choose to seek common ground, to understand. Or maybe it’s because I’m afraid of being misunderstood, or worse, of being understood and judged. Sometimes it’s just not the time or place. What they don’t tell you is that speaking up RENEWS your hope. […]

I haven’t blogged for a while, so maybe I’ll ease back with a food post. Need lunch ideas? Salads have endless permutations. I’ve tried Trader Joe’s Just Chicken (not a fan), grilled chicken, chicken nuggets, and breaded tenderloin breasts for protein. In the top right, I’m using leftover chicken teriyaki from a restaurant. In the […]

The other day I was driving to a restaurant I’d been to once before. I felt confident I knew where it was located. I ended up circling the nearby streets for at least twenty minutes. “Was it one street up? Or one down?” If you drew my trip on a map it’d have looked like […]

Audrey Assad – Good To Me

I’m convinced that he who sees the farthest, wins. It’s not over until He says it’s over. Don’t give up. At the risk of being emo, I made a pact with myself to show up to life every day, even if I don’t think I can face the day. At the very least, show up. […]

I keep thinking there’s a post in me somewhere, but part of the problem is the “sometime.” It takes time for me to process all that’s been absorbed before I can spit it out, er, I mean, craft a blog post in response. First things first. It’s neither the end or beginning of a month […]

I found an old American Girl magazine during our last move. One blurb mentioned an easy way to repurpose discarded cereal boxes to store magazines. I happened to have a lot of DJ (Discipleship Journal) issues that, up until then, were kept in one of those plastic three-tiered wheely carts. Needless to say, the pile […]

A One Act Play In eleven scenes. Characters (in order of appearance): Turtle 1 (purple, with lipstick; the female) Turtle 2 (blue; the male) This is the first turtle. This is the second turtle. They want to play ball. But they can’t see each other through the ball. It’s even bigger than they are! So […]

Let’s insert some patriotism into the elections. Have all the presidential candidates sing “This Land Is Your Land” and see which one can bring the audience to tears. The contest won’t be won with singing chops. Hint: it’ll take humility. ^Had that thought late last night before falling asleep. Found out from comments on a […]

Sometimes someone tells you “this is good for you” and you do it, and you realize it is good. What is good? We are not good. In Chronicles of Narnia, someone asks about Aslan, who is a lion, is he safe? To which the reply comes, Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. God isn’t […]