Jumping into the Dark

The dog went on an adventure the other night and wound up in the lake. Our son’s family was visiting for the weekend, the stars were out, and meteor showers were predicted. We live a couple miles outside town with few lights around us, so the night sky view is […]

Samoyed by water

"But I don't want to"

‘But I Don’t Want To’

This weekend we took care of two grandchildren without their parents. It’s not the first time, but it was the first time we’d had the three-year-old granddaughter along with her older brother. Her favorite two phrases seemed to be, “I want” and “I don’t want.” Whether it was food or candy, […]


Rolling Along-Until the Bumps Come

A town on wheels, moving across the state of Iowa and stopping in a different location every night for a week. It’s called RAGBRAI (Register Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa), sponsored by the Des Moines Register, and my husband is participating this year for the second time. An estimated […]

Riding

Sprint racing

Going to the Races

Temperatures in the 90s. Humidity just as high. Sweat–excuse me, perspiration–pouring into my eyes. Plugs in my ears insufficient to drown out the noise. Why was I here? I don’t even care about auto racing. I didn’t know any of the drivers. I didn’t really understand all the ins and […]


Waiting for the Light

How much of our time do we spend waiting? We wait at stoplights, of course. We wait for others in our family to be ready to go someplace. We wait for updates to download to our computers. We authors wait to be published, or we wait for inspiration. I found […]

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Freedom

Forever Free

As Americans, we take our freedom for granted. Independence Day, the 4th of July, is one day when we can remember the hard-fought Revolutionary War that eventually won that independence from Britain. But now, nearly two and a half centuries later, the holiday is more about cookouts, boating, and fireworks. […]


5 Things I Learned from …

If you Google “things I learned from,” you get more than 200 million possible results. You can find posts about things I learned from my mother, my sister, my patients. From watching movies, from Winnie the Pooh, from a cow. Then there’s the “Advice from…” category. We have a refrigerator […]

5 things I learned from Samaritan woman

Superheroes, Wonder Woman

We Need a Superhero…or Do We?

Wonder Woman is the latest in a plethora of superhero movies released in the last few years. When we saw the movie recently, most of the trailers featured more “superheroes.” And I realized that the world has always looked for a rescuer, someone to save us from evil, from grief, […]


Sorting Through Memories

Remember the Barbra Streisand song “The Way We Were”? “Memories light the corners of my mind.” Those lyrics came to mind recently when we decided to go through a box of old photos and slides. (For you younger readers, “slides” are a pre-PowerPoint way of displaying photos to a group.) […]

Memories

Writing a new story

Life’s a Story

If you look for them, you can find stories all around you. We’ve just celebrated Memorial Day, which is really all about the stories of soldiers who died to serve our country. Behind every name and every tombstone, there’s a true and fascinating story. Even my three-year-old granddaughter makes up […]