Marie Wells Coutu


Put on compassion
The family had just moved to the Kentucky town where I grew up. They didn’t know anyone, and they didn’t have much money. Feeding and clothing the children took priority for the husband’s measly paycheck. So the wife wore pants to church because she did not have a dress to her […]

She Wore Pants to Church


I will bless the Lord at all times.
Daylight Saving Time is back. There’s been the usual haters and lovers, of course. Some people don’t like losing an hour of sleep, while others love the extra hour of daylight each evening. I just want to know, where does the time go? What happened to that “extra hour” we […]

Time to Stop Fussing



Spring training baseball
Baseball is back. Spring training has begun and once again we can enjoy the sunshine, warm breezes, and fresh air while the “boys of summer” play their games. Some people find baseball boring, while others love the strategy and the thrill of seeing a home run or an amazing play that […]

Put Your Heart Into It


Sandals on a beach
A friend and I sat on a beach recently, noticed these abandoned sandals, and began to speculate about them. No apparent footprints in front of or behind them. Facing away from the water, not toward it. As a fiction author, all sorts of scenarios come to mind, involving sharks, an […]

Sandals in the Sand



Happy Presidents' Day
Today is Presidents’ Day. So what? I remember when Washington’s Birthday and Lincoln’s Birthday were celebrated on different days. I was still in school then, before the Federal government combined the holidays and moved it to the third Monday in February. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the […]

Why Celebrate Presidents’ Day?


Valentine candy hearts
This is Valentine’s Week. And it really is about the heart. Yes, I know, it’s supposed to be Valentine’s Day on Tuesday this week. But between TV commercials, store displays, and billboards, it seems like the holiday has expanded into a week–or the whole month. Like other holidays, a good […]

It’s All About the Heart



The world is at war. But I’m not talking about the kind of war you’re thinking. My pastor on Sunday said, “We live in a world that is at war with God.” It’s hard to disagree. Terrorism, violent protests, broken families, drug abuse, and hateful rants on Facebook–seems like we […]

Battle for Peace


Eagle and baby
Every winter in southwest Florida, the Eagle Watch occurs. Since 2012, cameras have monitored the nest of a pair of eagles, and thousands of viewers watch the webcast waiting for the eggs to hatch or viewing the adults as they feed the eaglets. (You can see it at  www.SWFLEagleCam.com.) This […]

Covered by Eagle’s Wings



His mercy endures forever. Psalm 136:1
Do you need a reason to give thanks to God? How about twenty? Check out Psalm 136. The author of this “song” lists some twenty reasons to give thanks, the chief one being “because His mercy endures forever.” Each of the 26 verses in the Psalm ends with this phrase. […]

Mercy That Endures


Happy New Year
Two days into 2017. How is the year going for you so far? Seems like an awful lot of people are discouraged or depressed over what the new year will bring. Maybe they’re upset over the outcome of the presidential election, pessimistic about the economy or their own financial situation, […]

Looking Ahead to 2017–And Back at 2016