When I was five, we took our annual Colorado vacation in the hot month of July, and my mother left my packed suitcase with all my vacation clothes on her bed. She realized this about ten minutes on this side of Amarillo, six hours into the trip, and started sobbing as we pulled into the J.C. … Continue reading The Purge (Part One): The Clothes Closet
We bought a house last Friday. Literally. We signed our names on eight pages of paperwork, confirmed the money wire, hugged the realtor, and then I went back to work. It's a great house, or at least everyone tells me that it is. Built in 1928, it's a foursquare craftsman with a wraparound porch on … Continue reading What Happened Last Friday
Here is a thought: maybe we are all artists, and because we were created by an artist who has placed creativity DNA is us, we are unfulfilled if we do not continue the act of creation and then offer it out into the world.
For months, I was adamant that we would not sell Dad's house. I couldn't imagine letting it go. It held all my parents' stuff, and hanging on to stuff after Dad's death in December was part of the gut-wrenching grieving process. Everything became sacred, even the tacky bird lamp which I plucked from their entryway, along with the table where … Continue reading Empty House. Deep Breath. Move On.
Absolutely hate goodbyes. Dogs are dogs, I know. They aren't people and so there isn't really a need to write a long, sad, introspective blog post on the many ways this furry guy brought joy to our lives. He died three days before his 15th birthday. We helped the process along because it was the right … Continue reading Good Boy, Pierre
I have a Black Friday shopping story for you. Many years ago Kyle and I got up at 5 a.m. to hunt Furbies, got sick of the whole circus by 7 a.m., and proceeded to slide over to Village Inn for breakfast, empty-handed. No one got a Furby that year, and lest you think that's a fail, we had a very Merry Christmas and … Continue reading If You’re Reading This at 5 a.m…
Written last night, posted today: We've been waiting for this day all week. We visited the village of Dumakyi, which, for us, is a whole new level of Ghana that we haven't seen - no electricity and no clean drinking water. The villagers have migrated from the Northern Region and are tenant farmers who build their … Continue reading We Met Dumakyi Today
“You have been treated generously, so live generously.” - Matthew 10:8 (The Message) It’s April, which means it is time for me to clear out some of the junk. Last year during this season of Lent, I looked through my closets, drawers, cabinets and under the beds to find things that needed to go. It … Continue reading Let’s Clear Some Clutter
I try not to start things that I don't intend to finish. This used to be a pattern with me - uncompleted projects were scattered throughout our house, including files of the first several chapters of different novels I tried to write and drawers filled with unfinished photo scrapbooks. After decades of beating myself up … Continue reading The Empty Shelf Challenge