My Little Kathryne

By | February 3rd, 2016 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

For the last ten years, more or less, my little Kathryne has had my back. Literally.  For most of that time, she’s been just a few feet behind me, seated at her desk in bookkeeping, entering bills, writing checks, processing payroll, and generally keeping me in stitches.  The funnest part (yes, I know that’s not […]


The End of Hope

By | January 27th, 2016 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Hope . . . that which we cling to in times of trial . . . that which sustains us when nothing else will. It manifests itself in the most inconsequential of situations (I hope it doesn’t rain today since I have to get out) to the most monumental (I hope they find my child […]


It’s All Relative

By | January 21st, 2016 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

My cat died. It was a week or so before Christmas and I walked into the dining room to find her sprawled across the table, pawing at the centerpiece. That was not at all like her. She might sit on the table and watch you intently, but she never sprawled. It was too undignified. She […]


The House

By | January 14th, 2016 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

I never heard the sirens in the early morning hours. I had no clue that just across my back yard and through the woods someone in our old neighborhood was losing their home and everything in it. All the family pictures, the antiques, their personal belongings, the tangible reminders of times long since passed, much of […]


No Words

By | January 7th, 2016 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

The card was addressed to those left behind, signed by someone who cared. The message was simple and yet filled with meaning. “For once – no words.” In that brief statement was the summation of all that had transpired. Nothing could describe the emptiness, nothing could ease the pain, nothing could ever be the same. […]


Count Your Blessings

By | December 31st, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

It is New Year’s Eve. How did that even happen? I seem to have misplaced an entire year somewhere between January 1st and December 31st. Yes, I know. Last week’s blog started in almost exactly the same manner, but nothing seems to mark the passage of time like the coming of Christmas and the start […]


Light a Candle

By | December 24th, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

It’s Christmas Eve. How did that even happen? I know when I woke up yesterday it was sometime in March . . . April at the latest. The decorations may be up and most of the presents wrapped (most by my definition is approximately half) but what happened to the time and the relaxed enjoyment […]


Past and Present

By | December 17th, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

The day has drawn to a close—another busy day in an overly busy season. I sit here covered in flour from a day of baking, my hands dry from washing mixing bowls, spatulas and measuring cups over and over. As I contemplate my computer screen, Bing Crosby sings “White Christmas” in the background and the […]


A Time to Celebrate

By | December 10th, 2015 | 2 Comments | Posted under: Uncategorized

The sanctuary glowed with the lights of the season. Every window held a different scene honoring the birth of a child so many years before, each focusing on a life that would impact the world. In one corner, overseeing it all, towered the tree, clothed in the symbols of Christianity, shimmering in gold and silver […]


A Bit of a Pile-Up

By | December 3rd, 2015 | Leave a comment | Posted under: Uncategorized

Sunday morning announcements at church can tend to run a little long, so lately the designated announcer has tried to shorten them by only mentioning those things which have come up since the bulletin was emailed and the paper versions printed. This Sunday morning was one of those when the list of sick had grown […]