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February 11, 2020

"How's the weather up there?" asked my friend in Florida. She used to live up here in grey-land and knew what my answer would be.

"I don't want to hear about your weather, thank you." 

She chuckled. I cringed.

Grey...grey...grey... I sat on the porch swing bundled up in t...

January 28, 2020

As Christian believers, the opinion of man does not determine our success in life. 

It was a big day. The year was 1966. I was being interviewed for a job at Sibleys.  I assembled my art portfolio and boarded a bus for downtown Rochester. I lugged my portfolio to t...

January 22, 2020

When it comes to depression, we have to remember we are triune people because we are made in the image of a triune God. We're not all spiritual, all physical, or all emotional.  We are complex beings, but Jesus knows us well.  And, He loves to reveal His ways of healin...

January 1, 2020

The VIRUS has landed . . . and so have I, directly on the couch. I got a sore throat right before Christmas and blamed it on dryness in my house.  Oh boy, was I wrong. In it flew (no pun intended), and I've been hacking and blowing for over a week. 

I thought for sure I...

December 28, 2019

From the porch swing:

A brilliant red ribbon of light was just starting to crest the top of the trees. I waited with anticipation for it to rise and to feel the warmth of the sunlight on my face. The sun appears to be moving but it actually is the consequence of the ear...

December 6, 2019

"So, I say, live by the spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. For the sinful nature desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the sinful nature. They are in conflict with each other . . . " (Galatians 5:16-1...

August 12, 2019

     If I've learned anything over the years as a creative person, it is to respect your ideas, no matter how disjointed they may seem. I remember sitting in the pediatrician's office with my boys more than forty years ago when I saw a face in a magazine that caug...

July 11, 2019

"Holding secrets makes you weak," said Will Martin to his Dad. The biggest, scariest secret of his entire life was finally out in the open. Not only did telling his Dad bring great relief, he also discovered having his secret out in the light made all his bad dreams go...

July 4, 2019

Everyone's reaction to loss is different. I'm compelled to clean. Its as if a sponge and a mop can somehow sweep the sorrow away. 

My dog, Oden, just passed away. Most of you who subscribe to my blog have already heard this, but sadness also makes me want to write....

June 30, 2019

      

     The last few days have been stifling. For us Upstaters, we've gone from rainy and cold to hot and heavy overnight. 

     This morning, I reached to turn on the air-conditioner in the window and felt a slight, cool breeze coming f...

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