Reasons to Remember the Journey

  End-of-the-Journey Blues At the end of our very long road trip this summer, in which Pedro flew home and I drove from Alaska to Arizona by myself, I confess that it took us a day or two to readjust to each other. After all, we’d been separated for ten… Read more“Reasons to Remember the Journey”

Happy to Announce a Miracle

From Circling the Drain to New Life Fourteen years ago Pedro circled the drain (hospital parlance for ‘didn’t look like he would make it’). I wondered if I would ever dare to experience happiness again. Today I just sent him a text picture of our first grandchild. Happy doesn’t begin… Read more“Happy to Announce a Miracle”

Glaciers, Relationships and Religion

Finding a Glacier “What’s one thing you really want to do in Alaska this summer?” I asked Pedro before our trip started. “Walk on a glacier,” he replied. “Awesome! I already have that on my list of fifty fun firsts. Too bad you won’t turn fifty until after we get… Read more“Glaciers, Relationships and Religion”

Five Tips for Learning to Forgive the Jerk at Work

  How long should it take us to forgive? Years ago my sister-in-law organized a pool party for Sarah’s sixth or seventh birthday. We lived about four hours away, and planned to visit them during a vacation—which also happened to include Sarah’s birthday. I enjoyed the break from party planning,… Read more“Five Tips for Learning to Forgive the Jerk at Work”

Glaciers, Goals and Goats in Banff National Park

Glaciers, Mountain Goats and Goals As part of my fiftieth celebration, I created a list of fifty fun firsts for my fiftieth year.  This summer, Pedro and I headed to Alaska to visit Sarah. Along the way, we plan on experiencing as many things from the list as possible. Under… Read more“Glaciers, Goals and Goats in Banff National Park”

The Waif in the Grocery Store

I stood in front of the produce display, contemplating the relative merits of organic ‘still alive’ butter lettuce and prepackaged hearts of romaine when a quiet voice caught my attention. “Excuse me, Ma’am, could you buy me and my friend some food?” I turned to see who had voiced the… Read more“The Waif in the Grocery Store”

What I Wish Christians Knew About Harm OCD

Editor’s note: The following piece was submitted by an anonymous author.  Whilst many of us invision repeated hand washing, or perhaps Monk’s compulsion to have everything orderly when we hear the words ‘OCD,’ that isn’t the only kind of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. It first happened six months after I turned eighteen,… Read more“What I Wish Christians Knew About Harm OCD”

What Would You Try if You Knew You Had Already Won?

What Would You Try if You Knew You Had Already Won? “What time are you hoping to run it in?” the well-dressed, silver-haired runner in front of me asked as we waited in the chill morning air near the front of our color group. “I just want to make it… Read more“What Would You Try if You Knew You Had Already Won?”

What I Wish Christians Knew About Anxiety

Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become… Read more“What I Wish Christians Knew About Anxiety”

The Beautiful Pretender: A Book Review

If you’re looking for a graduation gift for young reader, look no further! (Ok, I loved the book and I’m not exactly young). If you love fairy tales and medieval intrigue, you’ll love The Beautiful Pretender by Melanie Dickerson. If you’ve read The Huntress of Thornbeck Forest you’ll remember the… Read more“The Beautiful Pretender: A Book Review”